Independents make up largest bloc of Maricopa County voters registered for primary

Jul 11, 2022, 2:00 PM | Updated: 3:06 pm

(Twitter Photo/@MaricopaVote)...

(Twitter Photo/@MaricopaVote)

(Twitter Photo/@MaricopaVote)

PHOENIX – Nearly 2.5 million Maricopa County residents are registered to vote in this year’s primary election, with independents making up the largest bloc.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said Monday the total of 2,474,077 registered voters is down about 120,000 since the November 2020 general election. Richer attributed the decline to list maintenance.

While party-affiliated registrations dropped across the board since November 2020, voters identifying as independent or other have increased.

The Maricopa County breakdown for the Aug. 2 primary is 34.5% (854,636) independent/other, 34.3% (848,534) Republican, 30.3% (750,414) Democrat and .8% (20,493) Libertarian.

In November 2020, when the registered total was 2,595,272, the breakdown was 35.3% (915,227) Republican, 32.4% (840,677) independent/other, 31.4% (814,343) Democrat and 1% (25,025) Libertarian. (Note: Percentages don’t add up to 100 because of rounding.)

Non-party voters can participate in a primary by requesting an early ballot for one of parties from their county recorder’s office.

“Or, you can show up to a voting location any day up to Election Day … and you can make your selection there,” Richer told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Gaydos and Chad Show on Monday.

Per the Maricopa County Elections Department, 103,235 independent/other voters had requested primary ballots as of Friday morning, with 57,220 asking for the Republican ballot, 40,919 the Democratic ballot and 5,096 a nonpartisan ballot, which only covers certain municipal races where party affiliation is not a factor.

July 5 was the last day Arizona residents could register and be eligible to vote in the midterm primaries.

Early voting started July 6, when 10 Maricopa County in-person centers opened and mail ballots were sent to those who requested them and members of the Active Early Voter List.

The county elections department website has information about how to request an early ballot or get on the Active Early Voter List to automatically receive one every election. The deadline to request an early ballot for this year’s primary is July 22.

The county will open 200-plus vote centers by Election Day. Voters can choose any center to vote in person or drop off a completed early ballot. Early ballots can also be returned through the mail or deposited in an official secure drop box.

Maricopa County voters can find locations and hours of operation on the elections department website.

Early ballots must be received in the mail or submitted at a vote center or drop box by 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 to count. Officials warn that ballots mailed after July 26 might not arrive on time.

Maricopa County residents can check their registration status and get more election information at

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)...

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from May 26-28

Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the busy Memorial Day Weekend.

18 hours ago

Migrants get help with the CBPOne app from a Tijuana, Mexico city worker Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in...

Associated Press

CBP One app assists asylum-seekers after end of Title 42

More than 79,000 people were admitted under CBP One from its Jan. 12 launch through the end of April.

18 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Phoenix police investigate hit-and-run leaving 23-year-old woman dead

Phoenix police are investigating a hit-and-run that left one woman dead early on Sunday morning, authorities said.

18 hours ago

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...

Wills Rice

Lake Pleasant, Salt River see heavy traffic during Memorial Day Weekend

Both Lake Pleasant and the Salt River have seen extensive traffic over Memorial Day Weekend as families try and beat the heat.

18 hours ago

(Facebook photo | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...

1 man dead; 2 women, 1 child hurt in Litchfield Park stabbing

One man is dead, two women are injured and one child was taken to a hospital after a stabbing in Litchfield Park.

18 hours ago

(Iren Byers - Mesa Police Photo)...

Police arrest suspect of 5 shootings that killed 4, injured 1 in Valley

Police arrested 20-year-old Iren Byers in connection to the deaths of four men and one injured woman in five separate shootings.

18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Thank you to Al McCoy for 51 years as voice of the Phoenix Suns

Sanderson Ford wants to share its thanks to Al McCoy for the impact he made in the Valley for more than a half-decade.

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Independents make up largest bloc of Maricopa County voters registered for primary