Voter registration surges due to presidential race

KINGMAN - Everyone wants to voice their opinion in this year's November election. Mohave County Voter Registration has seen a dramatic surge in new registered voters.

"This year there has been a constant surge in the number of people registering to vote," said Kim Stewart, administrative supervisor of Mohave County Voter Registration. "We are seeing close to a thousand new voters each month."

On Aug. 4, the last day to register for the Sept. 2 primary election, the office had close to 99,000 active registered voters, Stewart said. As of Friday, the office has 101,183 registered voters in the county.

"Lots of those are for people changing addresses but a lot are also new voters," she said.

The last time the numbers were broken down, out of 100,559 voters, 41,875 were Republican, 26,895 Democrats and 31,789 were listed as independent or non-declared.

The county also had 59 Green Party voters and more than 400 Libertarians.

In the last month, the number of Republicans increased by 300 voters, the Democrats by 200 and independents and other parties by 400.

The last day Mohave County residents have to register to vote in the November general election is Oct. 6.

Anyone who has changed addresses must re-register in order to vote a regular ballot. In order to register or update voter registration, visit www.servicearizona.co, or fill out a paper registration form at any county office, library or at the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division office.

Anyone who wants to check the status of their voter registration can call the Voter Registration Office at (928) 753-0767. Voters can also request a mail-in ballot by calling the same number.

Stewart said her office has received several reports of residents getting intimidating phone calls or mailings about registering to vote. "Anyone who has voted in the last few years and hasn't changed addresses is just fine," she said.

Early voting will begin on Oct. 7 and continue through Oct. 31, she said. Kingman-area residents can vote early on the bottom floor of the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St., and on Oct. 2 at the Voter Registration Office, also located in the County Administration Building.

County Elections Director Allen Tempert warns voters to make sure to read both sides of their ballots in this election.

Presidential, state, county and local races will be on the front side. On the back, voters will find three judicial retention races and eight ballot propositions.