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Voter registration exceeds 87,000

More than 87,000 Mohave County voters are eligible to vote in the Nov.

5 general election, according to figures released by the county recorder's office Wednesday.

The voter rolls come to 87,114, up from 85,410 voters who registered in time for the Sept.

10 primary and 86,241 signed up when a quarterly report was released Sept.

28.

Oct.

7 marked the deadline for registering to vote for the Nov.

5 election.

The new figures do not indicate how many voters are on the active and inactive rolls.

Voters were placed on inactive rolls if they did not vote in the past two elections.

The new figures also show Republicans continuing to outnumber Democrats, 39,002 to 26,842.

Other registration figures show 17,077 nonpartisan voters, 3,496 independents, 322 forms marked "other," 249 Libertarians and 88 members of the Reform Party.

Registration staff designates voters "nonpartisan" instead of "independent" when they do not fill out or check the registration on their cards.

County Recorder Joan McCall said she is satisfied with the new registration figures, but she wishes they were higher.

"It's fairly good, but considering the number of people who are eligible to register to vote, it's a little low," McCall said.

"It's not bad.

It's really not bad."

McCall said as many as 10,000 voters have requested early ballots so that they may vote in advance of the general election.

She said she has no idea how many voters have cast early ballots so far, adding it is too early to predict voter turnout for the election.

McCall was only slightly off the mark when she predicted turnout as high as 25 percent for the Sept.

10 primary.

The actual turnout amounted to about 24.7 percent.

The partisan primary featured only one contested countywide race, in which Republican challenger Chuck Gurtler Jr.

of Bullhead City defeated appointed Superior Court Judge Charlotte Wells of Kingman.

However, the general election contains numerous contested races: for Cerbat Precinct justice of the peace and Kingman and Cerbat constables.

Eight candidates, including six incumbents, are running for five seats on the governing board of the Kingman Unified School Board.

Voters also will help to decide the fates of candidates running for the District 3 seats in the state House of Representatives and Senate, statewide offices, and District 2 in the U.S.

House of Representatives, and decide ballot measures.

For more information on early voting, contact the registration division at 753-0767.

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