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For Immediate Release
Aug. 18, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
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Arizona voter registration tops 3.1 million

Thousands join voter rolls in anticipation of primary and general elections

PHOENIX - Voter registration continues to spike as interest grows in preparation for Arizona's Aug. 24 Primary Election.

As of the end of July, the state had 3,102,876 active, registered voters, according to new figures released Tuesday by Secretary of State Ken Bennett. That's an increase of 9,229 from the state's June 1 registration report, and over 36,000 more than when the state conducted a Special Election on May 18.

“These growing figures are a positive sign that Arizona voters are paying attention this political season,” Secretary Bennett said. “Hopefully, these same voters will turn out and cast ballots on Election Day.”

The Arizona Republican Party added more than 10,000 voters between the May 18 Special Election and the latest report, giving the party 1,119,389 active, registered members. Democratic registration fell by about 500 voters, slipping to 1,001,256 active, registered voters. The state Libertarian Party added 137 registered voters, giving it 24,143 in Arizona, and the Green Party added 240 of its own. As of the latest report, the Green Party had 4,585 active, registered voters in Arizona .

Once again taking the largest registration leap was the group of voters registering Independent or unaffiliated with a recognized political party. Since the Special Election in mid-May, this group has grown by 25,674 registered voters. As of the latest report, Arizona had 953,503 Independent or unaffiliated voters, lumped together as “other” for tabulating purposes.

“These voters have the ability to cast ballots Aug. 24 and have a significant impact on the outcome of the Primary Election,” Secretary Bennett noted. “They should keep in mind that Arizona election law permits them to have a say in which candidates will advance to the General Election.”

Independent and unaffiliated voters are permitted to participate in Arizona's Primary Election, provided that they choose a ballot of the party of their choice: Republican, Democratic or Green. The Libertarian primary has been closed to Independent voters due to a court order. Selecting a party's ballot DOES NOT automatically re-register an Independent with that political party.

The latest voter registration figures by county, congressional district and legislative district are included with this media release [Click here]. Copies are available at the Secretary of State's Office on the 7th Floor of the Executive Tower at the State Capitol, by calling (602) 542-8683 or 1-877-THE-VOTE (1-877-843-8683), or online at

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For all media questions, or to schedule an interview with Secretary Bennett, contact Matthew Benson, director of communications, at (602) 350-2834.