Political topography of Arizona


Arizona Secretary of State voter registration  totals as of Aug. 30, 2016:

7 of 15 Arizona Counties have more Democrats registered than Republicans in:Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yuma Counties.

If you’re wondering where these counties are, here’s a map of the 15 counties. So most of the Democratic counties are in the Northeast and Southern areas of the state.


Pima County has only about 30,800 more Democrats registered than Republicans (179,043 to 148,215), with 159,929 Independents/Others.

Maricopa County has about 176,000 more Republicans than Democrats.  Note that Pima County”s registered Democrats is 179,000, slightly more than that difference in voters (Ds and Rs) in Maricopa County/Phoenix alone.

More info at: http://apps.azsos.gov/election/voterreg/2016-08-01.pdf

State-wide voter totals show more Republicans than Democrats or Independents:

Democrats: 1,019,050

Republicans: 1,185,023

Others: 1,164,373

And who is Arizona’s independent voter? Read my previous post from last November, 2015:


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Just checked to see which counties voted Democratic for Hillary Clinton in the General Election 2016. Only four did: Apache, Coconino, Pima, Santa Cruz. Information from http://www.azsos.gov (click on “By County” next to the race).

  2. Gee Steve, it isn’t just Califorians bringing those leftist ideas. Mid-westerners from Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan are also here and the majority are college educated. With all the old retirees dying off (finally), it’s time for the blue baby boomers to take over.

  3. Carolyn, the news media often reports that there are more “independents” in Arizona than either Democrats or Republicans. But that’s wrong. Examining the numbers you posted, There are more Republicans than “Others”. Looking at the SOS’s figures there are two groups of voters left out, Green 5,512 and Libertarians 26,653. If you combine Others + Greens + Libertarians = 1,196,538 which IS bigger than either major party. The problem with this reporting is that this group while not being Republican or Democratic is still NOT registered as Independent or No Party. It is in fact an amalgamation of those plus all other small Parties. I wish the news media would understand that because these small parties do have an ideology, and they are NOT independents.

    • I stand corrected. There are more Republicans registered in Arizona than Independents as clearly indicated above. I didn’t include the Greens and Libertarians in the voter totals, but I wouldn’t include them in the Independent group either as they have their own ideologies and party platforms. I’ve corrected my misinformation above. Thanks for pointing that out.

  4. It doesn’t surprise me at all that Arizona is slowing moving leftward. With the large number of ex-California residents moving here constantly, it is only a matter of time until they bring enough “blue state” with them to make the change. Californians have done this to many states before…they move to escape California and they bring it with them. It’s like the plague in slow motion.

    • Steve, Arizona IS becoming more blue/Democratic every year but it is because the largest group of voters, young people, are more Democratic and even Socialist than their parents. Arizona has been Republican for the last half century primarily because it is a retirement state and has a large elderly population. But the elderly are gradually being eclipsed by the younger people growing up here who are in large numbers Latino and indigenous. These folks will remember SB1070 and the anti-voting rights bills the Republicans have pushed that were aimed at them. They know the Republican Party tried to disenfranchise them. They are growing up and they will remember.

    • I was a libertarian when moved to Arizona, Steve. As much a small government guy as you can be.

      But a few years after moving here, and seeing up close what corporate ownership of a bigoted state government does to an economy and human lives, I started to question my beliefs.

      I’ve learned that since Blue State “makers” tend to not only economically outperform, but support Red State “takers” via wealth transfer by the federal government, that progressives policies are demonstrably the cure to the slow death brought on by regressive conservative policies.

      See Kansas for reference. Or Louisiana. Or look out the window.

      • In the end, Not Tom, you are trying to change Arizona into a Blue State, aren’t you? That was my point. Oh, and a belated welcome to Arizona! :o)

        • Nope, I don’t care about Red/Blue states. I want Arizona to be a safe place for myself and my family and my neighbors, to be a prosperous and a desirable place to live.

          Which is what you want, too. I’ve just been paying attention to what works, and what’s going on in Arizona ain’t it.

          The Red/Blue labels are just shorthand, if Kansas, Louisiana, and Arizona were booming like Blue States, I’d say by all means, Mr. Steve, lead us across the river to the milk and honey.

          But they ain’t, so we shouldn’t try to model ourselves after them.

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