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Report: Number of Arizona registered voters increases to 3.3M

A voter, at left, fills out a paper ballot as electronic voting machines are used behind him at the Schiller Recreation Center polling station on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

PHOENIX — With just under 370 days left until the General Election in 2016, the number of registered voters in the Valley have sharply increased.

The number of registered voters in Arizona has grown to 3,299,906, according to a recent press release from Secretary of State Michele Reagan.

“I’m pleased to see the number of registered voters increase by more than forty thousand,” she said in the press release. “As the state gears up for an exciting 2016 election cycle, including a presidential election, I’m confident our registration totals will continue to grow.”

The figures show an increase of 47,219 voters since July.

Of the nearly 3.3 million voters, 34 percent registered as Republican, 28 percent registered as Democrat and 36 percent either registered with independent parties or did not designate a party preference.

Secretary Reagan said Arizona’s open primary provisions do not apply to the Presidential Preference Election, which will take place on March 22, 2016. For independents to take part in this election, Secretary Reagan said they must be registered with a political party by Feb. 22.

Volunteers who are advocating for voter registration will continue to travel the state and educate citizens on the effects of voting, Secretary Reagan said.

“Our Voting Rights Ambassadors continue to travel the state connecting with schools, clubs and civic groups to educate voters on the process and encourage citizens to participate!” she said in the press release.

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