House Cleaning Reduces Voter Numbers

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Gila County had 158 fewer registered voters in July than it did in April, reflecting a statewide trend. Earlier this month Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer reported a decrease of 12,855 voter registrations during the same period.

"The decrease in the voter registration totals reflect continuing voter roll cleanup efforts accomplished through the centralization of Arizona's statewide voter registration system and in proactive attempts by the county recorders to update their voter registration systems," Brewer said. "I am pleased to see the continuing efforts of all the county recorders in ensuring that our voter registration data is up to date and complete."

Gila County Recorder Linda Haught Ortega confirmed that the slight drop in the registration numbers is primarily an effort to cleanup the rolls.

"We do cleanup from time to time," she said. "Some people move and don't re-register. They go on an inactive list."

Both the Democrats and Republicans shared a drop in registrations statewide and in Gila County.

Throughout the state the Democrats lost 5,952 registered voters and the Republicans lost 4,731. In Gila County, the loss to Democrats was 113, and 44 for Republicans.

Ortega said the address on voter registration cards must match the residence of the voter and all persons casting ballots in the future will need to present photo identification.

Northern Gila County residents can update their voter registration at the recorder's branch office at 201 W. Frontier St., Payson. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (928) 474-7139.

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