Arizona elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Arizona held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (9 seats) Approveda
State Executives (3 down-ballot seats) Approveda Preview Article
State Senate (30 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (60 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (9 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Arizona, 2012
U.S. Senate, Arizona General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Flake 49.2% 1,104,457
     Democratic Richard Carmona 46.2% 1,036,542
     Libertarian Marc Victor 4.6% 102,109
     Independent Steven Watts (Write-in) 0% 290
     Independent Don Manspeaker (Write-in) 0% 24
Total Votes 2,243,422
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
See also: Arizona state executive official elections, 2012

There were three state executive positions up for election in 2012.

Arizona Corporation Commission General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Newman Incumbent 15.5% 868,726
     Democratic Sandra Kennedy Incumbent 15.4% 862,876
     Democratic Marcia Busching 13.8% 776,472
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Stump Incumbent 17.5% 979,034
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Burns 16.8% 943,157
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bitter Smith 16.7% 935,575
     Libertarian Christopher Gohl 2% 112,490
     Green Daniel Pout 1% 58,607
     Green Thomas Meadows 1.2% 67,950
     Write-in Various 0.1% 3,784
Total Votes 5,608,671
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Arizona State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 9 13
     Republican Party 21 17
Total 30 30

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state house.

Arizona House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 24
     Republican Party 40 36
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 60 60
See also: Arizona 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 114 Law enforcement Prohibits crime victims from being subject to a claim for damages for causing death or injury. Approveda
LRCA Proposition 115 Judiciary Relating to the modification of the Appellate and Trial Court Commissions. Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 116 Taxes Give tax break to businesses with newly acquired equipment. Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 117 Taxes Limit annual growth in limited property value of locally assessed properties. Approveda
LRCA Proposition 118 Budgets Yearly Permanent Fund distribution to be 2.5% of monthly market values of the fund from 5 previous years. Approveda
LRCA Proposition 119 Property Lets legislature enact a process to exchange trust land if related to protecting military installations. Approveda
LRCA Proposition 120 Environment Would declare state sovereignty over state natural resources based on the argument of "equal footing." Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 121 Admin. of gov't. Implement a top-two style open primary system. Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 204 Taxes Would renew the sales tax increase approved in 2010. Defeatedd

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Arizona was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 30, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary took place.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 29 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 8. The official deadline was posted as October 9, 2012 at midnight.[2]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Arizona. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least by 5 p.m. 11 days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Arizona is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting began 33 days prior an election and ends at 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to election day.[6] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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