Secretary of State, AG and Chief Justice certify results
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan today issued the official canvass of results for the 2016 General Election. The Secretary was joined by Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Chief Justice Scott Bales for the formal certification.
Secretary Reagan reported 2.6 million Arizonans voted in the general election, making it the highest number of ballots cast in state history. While there were a historic number of votes, turnout was about average at 74% ranking 6th highest in Arizona history.
1. 1980 – 80.1% Reagan – Carter
2. 2008 – 77.7% Obama – McCain
3. 1992 – 77.2% Clinton – Bush
4. 2004 – 77.1% Bush – Kerry
5. 2012 – 74.4% Obama – Romney
6. 2016 – 74.2% Trump – Clinton
Demographically, women made up 55% of Arizona’s electorate while 18-24 year olds made up 6%. The average age of the Arizona voter is 55.
Early balloting continues to grow and the rising number of provisional ballots has finally been stopped. The general election saw 73% of the electorate vote by early ballot, up from 54% in 2012. While the number of early voters continues to increase, the issuance of provisional ballots declined by 80,000 since the 2012 general election.
“The reduction of provisional ballots is extremely good news, as it shows us our voter education efforts are working,” said Secretary Reagan. “In the last three presidential elections, the issuance of provisional ballots had increased every year. This particular election seems to indicate a new positive trend and I hope it continues.
“Running four statewide elections this year was extremely challenging for election administrators around the state. Some things went well, and we uncovered a number of things we’d like to improve. Finally, I’d like to thank our counties for their diligence to process and tabulate ballots as efficiently as they do. While we will continue to explore options to get to results faster, we will always prioritize accuracy over expediency.”
Read press release online.
You can also view the official election canvass here.