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With 1.63 million votes cast, Maricopa County voter turnout has already surpassed 2016

Chelsea Curtis Arizona Republic

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Voter turnout in Maricopa County this election cycle has already exceeded that of 2016 by more than 20,000 ballots, according to election officials. 

More than 1.63 million voters as of Sunday have participated in this year’s general election, Maricopa County Elections Department spokesperson Megan Gilbertson said in an email to The Arizona Republic. 

That’s 21,125 more than the total ballots cast in 2016’s general election, Gilbertson said. 

With 2.3 million ballots received as of Friday, the state was also closing in on the total 2.6 million ballots cast in 2016, according to Cronkite News. This year’s turnout was “the most people who have ever voted early in Arizona history,” Paul Bentz, senior vice president of research and strategy for HighGround Inc., told Cronkite News. 

More than 4.28 million people are registered to vote in Arizona this year, which is 19.3% more than in 2016, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.