Voter numbers rise in county

The number of registered voters in the state have dropped, but in Mohave County the number is increasing.

According to the latest figures released by the Arizona Secretary of State, the total number of registered voters in the state decreased by 5,642 from 3,151,615 to 3,145,973 since the last tally in March.

Arizona counties purges voter registration rolls on a regular basis of anyone who has not voted in the last two presidential elections. States cannot purge voter rolls 90 days before a federal election.

In the state, the Democrats suffered the largest drop in registered voters, more than 5,000, from 952,907 to 946,974. The Republican Party lost nearly 4,000 voters, dropping from 1,134,094 voters to 1,130,164. The Libertarian Party lost 258 voters, decreasing from 22,530 to 22,272, and the Green Party lost 57, down from 4,929 at the last election to 4,872.

The Americans Elect Party and Independents gained voters. Americans Elect, which was approved as an official party for the Arizona ballot in 2011, gained 20 voters, increasing from 148 to 168 voters. Independents increased by more than 4,500 voters, from 1,037,007 to 1,041,523.

The number of registered voters in Mohave County increased by 1,259 from 108,951 to 110,210.

A number of candidates for state and local offices have held voter registration drives in recent months. Historically, voter registration figures increase in a presidential election year.

In Mohave County, all of the parties except the Democrats saw an increase in registered voters.

Independents saw the largest increase in registered voters, 827. Republicans were next with 427 new voters in the party. The Libertarian Party gained three voters and the Green Party gained seven. The Americans Elect Party had the smallest gain with one new voter.

The Democrats actually lost six voters, decreasing from 24,223 in March to 24,217 in June.

The state's 3.1 million voters are nearly equally split between the Republicans (1.1 million), Democrats (946,974) and independents (more than 1 million.)

In Mohave County, Republican voters (44,959) outnumber Independents (40,398) and Democrats (24,217.)

In the state, Libertarians make up about 22,272 voters, there are 4,872 Green Party members and the new Americans Elect Party has 168 members.

In Mohave County there 531 Libertarians, 103 registered Greens and two registered with Americans Elect.

In order to vote in the Aug. 28 primary, you must register by July 30.

To check if you are registered or to register to vote, visit www.azsos.gov.