Pima County Democrats increased Voter Registration 7% this year

According to the Pima County Recorder’s Office, Democrats have seen a 7 percent increase in registered voters since January heading into the Presidential Preference Election in Arizona.

In the first 7 weeks of this year, 11,433 people registered as new voters in Pima County. The new voters registered between January 1, 2020, and February 18, 2020, which was the Democratic Presidential Preference Election (PPE) registration deadline.

The PPE will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and is the first of three elections in Pima County this year. Candidates for the PPE (March 17), Primary Election (Aug 4), and General Election (Nov.3)  generated enthusiasm from many organizations beyond the political parties. Organizations and parties sent field workers and volunteers to public events, colleges and universities, and even into neighborhoods, knocking on doors and filling out voter registration forms.

The Recorder’s Office received stacks of these forms leading up to the Presidential Preference Election registration deadline on February 18, 2020.

On Jan. 6, the Recorder’s office reported 221,475 registered Democrats in the county. The most recent numbers posted on Monday show 236,479 Democrats in the county, an increase of 15,004 or 6.77 percent.

By comparison, there was only a 1.5 percent increase in the number of registered Republicans. There were 168,507 registered Republicans on Jan. 6 and 171,073 this week.

The Pima County Democrat Party office in Tucson reports they averaged one Republican per day physically arrive and re-register as a Democrat in January and February. She said they had independents re-registering as well heading into the PPE.

The County Recorder’s Office reported the number of voters listed as other – which includes independent and no-party – has dropped by more than 3,000. Voters must be registered in the Democrat Party in order to vote in the PPE since there is no PPE for Republicans in Arizona this election cycle

Overall, registration has grown 2.5 percent. There were 569,597 registered voters in Pima County on Jan. 6. On Monday, there were 583,889 registered voters.

How many of these will change back to Republican or other after the PPE  is still to be determined as Arizona does not have a waiting period for registering to vote.

Pima County residents who have not registered to vote in the next election Primary, August 4th, should go here.  https://www.recorder.pima.gov/regvote The next election registration cut off date is July 6th.

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