Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett

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For Immediate Release
Aug. 23, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
(602) 350-2834 - mobile

Twitter: @therealAZsos


Media notes for Election Day

Polling places -

Polling places will open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Any voter already in line at that time will be able to cast a ballot.

Projected turnout -

The Secretary of State’s Office is projecting statewide voter turnout of 20-25 percent. Statewide voter turnout in primary elections over the last decade has fallen within that range.

Who may cast a ballot -

Arizona’s primary election is open to all registered voters, including independent and unaffiliated voters, as well as those who are members of unrecognized parties. These voters must request the ballot of one of the following parties: Republican, Democratic or Green.
NOTE: The Libertarian Party’s primary election is closed due to court order. Only Libertarians may vote in the Libertarian primary election.

Bring this to the polls -

Every voter must show identification before being able to cast a ballot at a polling place. The voter must provide:

- one piece of ID that bears his/her name, address and photograph (Ex: An Arizona drivers license), or

- two forms of ID that bear his/her name and address (Ex: a utility bill and bank statement), or

- one form of acceptable photo ID with another form of non-photo ID that includes his/her name and address (Ex: a passport and utility bill).

Election results -

The Secretary of State’s Office has unveiled a new Election Night Reporting system [Click Here] for displaying voting results. This system is online at, and will provide up-to-the-minute updates Tuesday evening as counties report unofficial voting results. Click on the “Search Contests” icon (on the left side of the front page) to select specific races you’d like to follow.

Initial unofficial results should be reported around 8 p.m., with updates through the evening as they become available.

Looking for an interview -

Secretary of State Ken Bennett will split his time Tuesday evening between the Secretary of State’s Office at the State Capitol and Maricopa County’s Election Night Results Center, in the South Convention Hall at the corner of 3rd Street and Jefferson, in downtown Phoenix. Secretary Bennett will make himself available for media inquiries, or you may contact Director of Communications Matthew Benson (602) 350-2834 to set up an interview.

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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.