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Arizona registered voters decrease by 31,000

02/14/18

Tara Alatorre
Staff

Phoenix –  Arizona lost more than 31,000 registered voters in 2018 leaving approximately 3.6 million voters registered in the state. Almost 10,000 of those voters no longer registered in the state are from the Democratic Party, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Registration Report that was released earlier this month.

“We frequently see a slight decrease in registration when our counties scrub voter rolls,” said Secretary Michele Reagan. “List maintenance during these periods can often outpace registration and this report indicates as much as we experienced increases in most of the state’s fifteen counties.” 

According to the report as of January 2018, there are only about two percent more Republicans than there are of voters registered with an undesignated or unofficial party in Maricopa County.

There are approximately 2.2 million registered voters in Maricopa County, about 785,000 are Republican, 769,000 are undesignated and 630,000 are Democrats.

The officially recognized parties in Arizona are Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican, and will automatically appear on ballots; although the Green Party is considered a “new” political party under the state law.  The Green Party will be recognized through the 2018 election cycle but will be required to either meet the criteria for continuously represented parties, or file a petition with the Secretary of State to be recognized for the 2020 elections.

A political party is entitled to continuous recognition if either the party’s candidates for presidential elector in the general election received at least five percent of the total votes cast; or the party had at least 0.66 percent of registered voters statewide as of October 1, 2017, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

The registration report also indicated similar information statewide, regarding Republicans and voters registered as a non-declared party being close to split even in numbers.

 Of the state's 3.6 million voters, close to 1,263,000 are Republicans and 1,235,000 are undesignated, which is about a two percent difference, with Republicans having about 28,000 more registered voters. Close to 1.1 million are registered as Democrats statewide, and a little less than one percent of the total registration is Libertarians and Green Party members. 

“As the state gears up for a busy election cycle this year, I’m confident our registration totals will continue their upward trend [and] see a significant increase,” Secretary Reagan said.

A complete report compiled by county, congressional district and legislative district is available on http://go.azsos.gov/dwrg or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.

 

Date/Period

Democratic

Green

Libertarian

Republican

Other

Total

JULY 2017

1,104,927

7,109

31,951

1,264,154

1,242,532

3,650,673

OCT 2017

1,106,675

7,073

31,941

1,268,748

1,250,879

3,665,316

JAN 2018

1,096,747

6,938

31,554

1,262,989

1,235,863

3,634,091

 

-9,928

-135

-387

-5,759

-15,016

-31,225