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How Arizona's primary system leaves out independent voters — and what can be done to fix it

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Monday, March 7, 2022 - 12:45pm
Updated: Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:40pm

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Arizona voter ID cards
Arizona voter ID cards.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer released the latest voter registration numbers earlier this month, and it highlighted an important trend.

Voters who considered themselves independent or just hadn’t selected a party now lead in registration by the narrowest of margins — fewer than 100 people. But that may be an indicator that a growing number of people in the county — and the state of Arizona — are truly less associated with the Democratic and Republican parties.

Tucson attorney Ted Hinderaker, among others, is looking to ride that wave and change the state’s primary system as a leader of the new Save Democracy, Inc. The Show spoke with Hinderaker about how much of the Save Democracy pitch has to do with primaries.

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