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Steady return so far on School Bond and Override issues; but voter registration is down for major parties.

By Thursday, voters in all of Yavapai County had returned 37% of their ballots already, and in Prescott, 38%. Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman suggests, "If you haven't mailed your ballot you can drop off in one of our Election Drop Boxes listed at, www.yavapai.us, click on Election and Voter Registration information, November 5, 2013 Election."

Hoffman also reminds voters:

  • Sign your affidavit Envelope
  • Only you can sign of your vote to count
  • Post marks don't count, your ballot must be in our office or in a drop box by 7:00 PM on November 5th
  • If you need a replacement ballot, come into our office at 1015 Fair Street, Prescott or 10 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood

Are voters simply fed up with their party of choice?

Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced Wednesday that voter registration has dipped slightly since the last report in July.

Democrats and Republicans lose ground, Independents gain

According to AZ Secretary of State Ken Bennett, there has been a decrease of 3,092 registered voters since the last report in July. "Of the state's 3.2 million voters, 1,129,845 are Republicans, 964,088 are Democrats and 1,099,046 have either registered with independent parties or not designated a party preference."

Since the July, 2013 report, when they had 972,626 voters, Democrats have lost 8,538 (.87%) for a total of 964,088. Republicans, who had 1,139,154 in July, have reduced their ranks by 9309 (.81%) for a total of 1,129,845 registered voters.

On the other hand, those designated as 'other,' also known as 'Independents,' increased their registration by 13,809 bringing it to 1,099,046.

Both the Democrats and the Republicans, as well as the Independents have more registered voters now than in in the 2012 General Election.

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents

General Election, 2012

952,931
1,120,992
1,023,603
July, 2013
972,626
1,139,154
1,085,237
October 2013
964,088
1,129,845
1,099,046
Difference (between July/Oct)
-8,538
-9,309
+13,809

Regarding other parties, such as the Americans Party, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party, they all showed an increase in voter registration from July - October.

Download the entire Voter Registration Statistics from the Secretary of State's office here.

Yavapai County voter registration down overall

Yavapai County also has fewer registered voters. Democrats are down a little more than 1,000 voters, Republicans reduced by about 1,500 voters, and Independents are also down almost 1,400 voters.

As a matter of fact, Yavapai County has the lowest number of registered voters since the General Election in 2012, when there were 124,156. Now that number has slipped to 122,127, a loss of 2,029 registered voters.

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents

General Election, 2012

26,664
55,369
41,013
July, 2013
26,676
55,560
42,630
October 2013
25,658
54,040
41,249
Difference
-1018 (3.8%)
-1520 (2.7%)
-1381 (3.2%)

"Important choices lie ahead," said Secretary Bennett. "Whether citizens are registering for the first time or have just re-registered, they have taken the first step toward exercising one of our most fundamental rights. The right to vote."