Independents increase in Ariz. voter registration

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PHOENIX -- The number of registered independent voters in Arizona continues to rise.

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Independents increase in Ariz. voter registration - The number of registered independent voters in Arizona continues to rise.

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New registration figures released Tuesday by Secretary of State Ken Bennett show the number of registered independents increasing by just under 18,000 to nearly 898,000 since April.

Meanwhile, the number of registered Republicans slipped by slightly over 2,000 to 1.1 million, and the number of Democrats dropped by slightly over 1,000 to approximately 1 million.

Overall, Republicans account for close to 37 percent of all registered voters in Arizona, Democrats nearly 34 percent and independents almost 30 percent. Libertarians and Greens together account for less than 1 percent.

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