PHOENIX — Numbers released by the Arizona Secretary of State today show that while the total number of registered voters in the state has barely increased, the Democratic Party is the recent winner.
On the first report released since Arizona’s Democratic Presidential Preference Election, Democrats have increased their registration numbers by 15,307 to 32.5% of registered voters. The data implies that most of these gains came from voters not registered with a political party. Unaffiliated voters, also commonly referred to as Independents, lost 9,561 voters in the same period, bringing them to 31.8%. Republicans, meanwhile, increased 10,594.
The total number of registered voters in the state remains largely unchanged since January. On April 1 of this year, 3,929,260 Arizonans were registered to vote, an increase of only 2,611 since January.
The registration report released for the Democratic Primary did show a registration loss of 13,600 voters, likely due to voters being shifted to the inactive list as official election mail that was sent out was returned by the post office to county election officials, a common practice associated with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), a law passed by Congress in 1993.
This is the first quarterly report since 2010 that Democrats are the second largest group of registered voters in the state.