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Few voters use federal-only ballots

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An Arizona voter carries her ballot to a polling place to vote in the 2018 primary election in Phoenix. /Photo by Ralph Freso /Getty Images

 

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Only a small number of people in Arizona cast federal-only ballots in the 2018 election, an option that’s available for people who don’t provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 1,712 people voted using ballots that only had federal races. Of those voters, 899 were registered Democrats, 255 were Republicans and 558 were registered as independents or minor parties.

There are 11,904 active registered voters who are only eligible to vote in federal races. About 14 percent of those people turned out to vote in November, which saw record high turnout for a midterm election in Arizona. In November, 2,409,910 people voted in Arizona, the most in any election in state history except for the 2016 general election. Nearly 65 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

The number of federal-only voters who cast ballots in November wasn’t enough to have altered the outcomes of any races. In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally by 55,900 votes.

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