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Arizona General Election Canvass

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan issued the official canvass of results for the 2016 General Election.

Secretary Reagan reported 2.6 million Arizonans voted in the general election, making it the highest number of ballots cast in state history.  While there were a historic number of votes, turnout was about average at 74% ranking 6th highest in Arizona history.

1.       1980       –    80.1%        Reagan – Carter
2.       2008       –    77.7%        Obama – McCain
3.       1992       –    77.2%        Clinton – Bush
4.       2004       –    77.1%        Bush – Kerry
5.       2012       –    74.4%        Obama – Romney
6.       2016       –    74.2%        Trump – Clinton

Demographically, women made up 55% of Arizona’s electorate while 18-24 year olds made up 6%.  The average age of the Arizona voter is 55.

For more, visit:

To see past election canvasses, check out the Arizona State Government Publications Collection on the Arizona Memory Project:

Explore Arizona

Summer hikes can be a fun way to enjoy scenic views and explore new areas.

Arizona has hundreds of hiking trails throughout the state, from the forest trails in the San Francisco Peaks, to the famous red rocks in Sedona, not to mention the Grand Canyon! No matter what your fitness level, you are sure to find one that will meet your needs. Whether you are looking for a challenge, or just a nice relaxing walk beside a creek, the Digital Arizona Library (DAZL) has a number of resources highlighting Arizona’s most exciting hikes. And remember to wear a hat and  bring plenty of water!


To see some great reading, head on over to the DAZL blog…

Passionate about an upcoming ballot measure?

InitiativeThe Arizona Secretary of State’s Office has just launched a new tool to allow citizens to submit their pro/con arguments for the election publicity pamphlets online!

“I would urge people who plan to file an argument to familiarize themselves with our unique filing system,” said Secretary Reagan. “The cut-off date to file an argument is July 13th, only one week after the filing deadline, so those who are interested must act quickly.”

The argument must be 300 words or less and should be written exactly how the filer wants it to appear in the publicity pamphlet, as it will be reproduced verbatim. Due to statutory requirements, the Secretary of State’s office in Phoenix must also receive a signed, notarized copy of the argument by 5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2016. The $75.00 fee will collected through the online portal at the time its submission.

For more information:

To view the unofficial list of initiatives, referendums and recalls (measures not receiving a sufficient number of signatures  by July 7, 2016 will not appear on the ballot):

To submit your pro/con argument:

To view historic Publicity Pamphlets (past elections), check out the Arizona memory Project:

50th Anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona


Today is the 50th Anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling on Miranda v. Arizona. Check out some of the Miranda Related documents in the Arizona Memory Project:

For more info and activities, check out the U.S. Courts website:

Did you know the Arizona State Library is over 100 years old?

Did you know the Arizona State Library is over 100 years old? Established on March 24, 1915, the State Library’s original purpose was to help Arizona legislators.


Under the direction of Con Cronin, the state’s Law and Legislative Reference Librarian, the State Library also helped shape early laws and influence legislation. In 1938, State Librarian Mulford Winsor oversaw the expansion of the State Library in the new addition to the State Capitol. In 1978, the original 1901 section of the State Capitol became the Arizona Capitol Museum.

The State Library continued to grow over the years, adding the Records Management Center, the Arizona Talking Book Library, and the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. Join us in celebrating the Arizona State Library with the resources found at DAZL, the Digital Arizona Library Collection.

“Frame of the 1938 Arizona Capitol Addition,” 1938, Arizona Archives Historic Photographs, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, History and Archives Division.

Arizona Digital Newspaper Project

“Bill Would Establish Law Reference Bureau,” The Arizona Republican, February 11, 1919, p. 10, column 4.

“State Library is Urged in Report to Governor Campbell,” The Arizona Republican, December 7, 1920, p. 3, column 3.

Arizona Memory Project

“100 years of public service, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records,” 2015, Arizona State Government Publications, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records – Law and Research Library.

Reading Arizona

Michael D. Carman, Under the Copper Dome, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, 2001, pp. 32 – 33.