Maricopa County reports early ballots surpass total 2016 turnout

Maricopa County surpassed the number of ballots cast in the 2016 election ahead of Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Maricopa County surpassed the number of ballots cast in the 2016 election ahead of Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Maricopa County surpassed the number of ballots cast in the 2016 election ahead of Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Voter turnout has already surpassed that of the overall 2016 election by more than 70,000 votes, according to election officials.

Maricopa County Elections spokesperson Megan Gilbertson said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper that the county had processed 1.68 million early ballots out of a total 2.2 million early-ballot requests as of Nov. 2. The county reported 2.59 million voters are eligible for this election.


“Maricopa voters like to vote early, and this election has been no exception,” Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said in a news release. “We are seeing a record number of early ballots returned and the enthusiasm is very exciting. I am so proud of my office and the team at the Elections Department.”

According to the Arizona secretary of state website, 4.28 million people are registered to vote statewide compared to 3.59 million in the 2016 general election. In 2016, there was a 74.17% turnout, with 2.66 million Arizonans casting ballots.


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