PHOENIX – Arizona’s number of active registered voters has increased by more than 54,000 voters between July and October 2019.
The report shows that there are now 3.87 million active registered voters in Arizona, up from 3.82 million reported during the last quarterly report in July 2019.
“As we approach the 2020 elections, it is crucial for everyone who is eligible to vote to register now,” Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said.
The Secretary of State’s Office releases an official statewide voter registration report quarterly.
“Releasing these reports to the public is part of the office’s dedication to ensuring transparency by providing regular updates about our voter registration statistics,” Hobbs said.
The report indicates the number of inactive registered voters slightly increased by more than 16,000 voters. An inactive voter is still eligible to participate in elections, but is labeled inactive for up to four years if two election mailings sent to the registration address are returned undeliverable, and the voter does not submit a new registration form or otherwise update his or her address. As of October 1, 2019, more than 416,000 registered voters are inactive in Arizona.
Additionally, party recognition is based on voter registration numbers. The Secretary of State shall determine the political parties qualified for continued representation as required by statute. A.R.S. 16-804 states that a political organization is entitled to continued representation as a political party on the official state ballot if they meet one of the two following requirements:
- If at the last preceding general election cast for governor or presidential electors, the party received not less than five percent of the total votes cast for governor or presidential electors.
- If on Oct. 1 of the year immediately preceding the year in which the general election for state, the party has registered electors equal to at least two-thirds of one percent of the total registered electors in the state.
As a result, the Green Party was not able to keep their party recognition. Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties are the only recognized parties in Arizona. The deadline for filing new party petitions with the Secretary of State for statewide recognition is on Friday, Nov. 29.
The complete quarterly voter registration report that includes county, congressional district and legislative district information is available at https://azsos.gov/elections/voter-registration-historical-election-data or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.