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Voter turnout lower than expected (access required)

Voter turnout sputtered in the general election after a strong showing in the primary. About 52 percent of the state's registered voters cast ballots in the general election, according to the latest tally. And while the breakdown of voters by party registration is still unavailable, the lower numbers appear to have hurt Democratic candidates, according to political consultants and pollsters.

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Activists say SB 1070, economy could boost Latino turnout; pundits not so sure

Activists say Latinos, feeling the pressure of the recession and concerned about the effects of SB 1070, will flock to the polls and wield the influence of their numbers. This is not the first year activists have touted the voting potential of Latinos, who make up an estimated 31 percent of Arizona’s population. But political scientists and activists have differing views about whether this will be the year.

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