Graham County does its part to maintain statewide voter registration database

SAFFORD — The Graham County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved contributing to the upkeep of the statewide voter registration database.

“This agreement is for software and software maintenance of the voter registration system,” said Wendy John, Graham County Recorder.

Graham County’s portion of the upkeep is $1,629.82.

The state has 4.3 million registered voters, with Graham County at 20,451 registered voters as of April.

The primary election is Aug. 2, with early voting starting July 6. The last day to register to vote in the primary is July 5.

Up for election are statewide offices of governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, school superintendent and mine inspector; state Legislature and state Senate; Congress and U.S. Senate; and municipal elections in Pima, Safford and Thatcher.

Also up for election are Judge and Clerk of Graham County Superior Court, and Justice of the Peace, which is consolidating into one Justice Court as of Jan. 1, 2023.

According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, voter turnout in 2020 was 79.9 percent, the highest turnout this century. Graham County’s voter turnout that year was 76.13 percent.

Since 2000, only one election — the 2014 midterms — had a statewide voter turnout of less than 50 percent.