Yuma, Arizona - With only hours to go before the 2012 General Election, Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett has announced that voter registration has risen to 3,124,712. An increase of 24,137 registered voters since the 2012 Primary Election in August. Notably, each of the state’s five recognized parties added to their rolls.
Of the state's 3.1 million voters, 1,120,992 are Republicans and 952,931 are Democrats. Libertarians make up a little less than one percent of the state’s total registration with 22,086 while 4,863 voters are currently registered as members of the Green Party. Since joining the state's recognized parties in 2011, the Americans Elect Party has enrolled 237 voters.
For the first time since 1990, registration of Arizona’s “independent” voters, or those who have not designated one of the state’s five recognized parties, has declined to 1,023,603. A decrease of 2,031. Declines in active voter registration are commonly attributed to routine list maintenance being performed by county recorders.
“The right to vote is one of the most cherished rights we have as United States’ citizens,” said Secretary Bennett. “Our system of government has remained strong throughout history because it is based on the fair and democratic election of our representatives.
“The individuals you help choose to represent you at the local, state and federal levels of government will make decisions that can significantly affect your life and the lives of your family, friends and neighbors. By exercising your right to vote, you help shape the future of your country, state and community. Remember, it’s your vote, your voice, be heard!”
As early voting continues around Arizona, voters should be aware that their ballot must be received by their local county recorder by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Secretary Bennett recommends early voters return their ballot to any local polling place within their county if they haven’t mailed their early ballot by Thursday, November 1. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.
Voters can check the status of their returned early ballot by visiting voter.azsos.gov. Additionally, they can locate their polling place and check their registration by visiting the site which is accessible on most mobile devices and smartphones.
Polls open at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and close at 7:00 p.m. State law mandates that results will not be announced until 8:00 p.m.