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Arizona registered voter numbers down since October, up since 2016

Voters come and go near a polling station at sunrise in Arizona's presidential primary election, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — The total number of registered voters in Arizona has gone down since October.

Registered voter numbers dropped by over 31,000, bringing the total to 3.6 million voters. However, even with the decline the total number has increased since 2016.

The information from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office showed that despite the drop over the four-month period, registered voter numbers have risen since 2016 by over 45,000 people, a 1.2 percent increase.

“We frequently see a slight decrease in registration when our counties scrub voter rolls,” said Secretary Michelle 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.”

Overall, registered voter numbers have continued to rise throughout the years. Since 2008, the number of voters has increased by almost 650,000 people, a jump of over 21 percent.

Of the 3.6 million voters, Republicans make up almost 35 percent of the vote while Democrats follow with 30 percent. Voters who do not have a specified party make up 34 percent.

Libertarians and Green party members each make up less than 1 percent.

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

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