By the numbers: Scottsdale primary election

Posted 8/14/20

Numbers show Scottsdale Democrats had a strong turnout in the Aug. 4 primary election, with 69.3% of registered voters participating.

Republicans had a 55.08% turnout rate during the primary …

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By the numbers: Scottsdale primary election


Numbers show Scottsdale Democrats had a strong turnout in the Aug. 4 primary election, with 69.3% of registered voters participating.

Republicans had a 55.08% turnout rate during the primary election — although there are far more registered Republicans within Scottsdale than Democrats.

Numbers released by Scottsdale City Clerk Carolyn Jagger on Aug. 14 break down political party turnout and precinct data — a small data dump into the math behind the election.

During the primary, Scottsdale mayoral candidates David Ortega and Lisa Borowsky earned top votes and will move onto the Tuesday, Nov. 3 general election. Also, six candidates will be vying for three open seats on City Council in November: Betty Janik, Tammy Caputi, John Little, Tom Durham, Guy Phillips and Becca Linnig.

In her email to City Council members and council candidates, Ms. Jagger says she is passing on data from Maricopa County.

The information is not the official canvass, she stressed in her email.

A summary of Scottsdale shows 74,438 total ballots were cast, which is a 42.72% turnout rate. There are 174,234 registered voters in Scottsdale — while the city’s population is greater than 255,000.

For the Republican Party, there are 72,611 registered voters, of which 39,991 cast primary election ballots.

In the Democratic Party, there are 46,439 registered voters, of which 32,181 cast primary ballots.

The Libertarian party has 1,382 registered voters, of which 288 cast a ballot.

The non-affiliated, or independent, designation represents 53,802 registered voters, of which 1,978 cast ballots.

Of the 42.82% voter turnout, 40% voted early, with 4,407 ballots cast on election day.

More than 700 Scottsdale ballots were rejected for the primary. The numbers and reasons were:

  • 27 rejected for a bad signature;
  • 503 returned late;
  • 232 had no signature.

Scottsdale has 53 precincts across the city, with turnout for each between 27% and 54%.

Terravita precinct, 33016 N. 60th Street, in northern Scottsdale, had the highest turnout at 54%. Paiute and McKellips Park precincts had turnouts of 27% and 28%, respectively.

In the mayor’s race, all votes show each candidate received, in general, a few hundred votes per precinct. Candidate Bob Littlefield, however, pulled 1,087 votes from far north Scottsdale, in the Pinnacle Peak precinct. No other mayoral candidate received more than 800 votes per precinct.

The Pinnacle Peak voting center is at Living Water Lutheran Church, 9201 E. Happy Valley Road.

The same precinct voted heavily for Ms. Borowksy as well, where she picked up more than 851 votes.

In the City Council race, Ms. Janik’s votes, which led her to garner the most tallies, came heavily from north Scottsdale, and one southern Scottsdale precinct:

  • DC Ranch;
  • McCormick Ranch;
  • Pecos;
  • Pinnacle Peak;
  • Terravita; and
  • WestWorld.

Among south Scottsdale neighborhoods, the Paiute precinct, which is in the area of Paiute Park Neighborhood Center, had a 27% turnout in the primary election, with 1,234 ballots cast.

This area mostly voted for Janik, 18%, and Caputi, 17.7%.

In the Mohave precinct, which is the area surrounding Mohave Middle School, there was a 40.7% turnout. This area mostly voted for Caputi, 17%, and Janik, 15%.

Mr. Auerbach did well in the Granite Mountain precinct, garnering 9% of the votes.

Ms. Caputi did well in the WestWorld precinct, garnering 16.85% of the votes, with 1,294.

Mr. Crawford earned 10% of Whitton precinct’s votes.

Mr. Durham received 17.9%, or 1,634 votes, from the Pinnacle Peak area.

Ms. Janik’s highest tally also was Pinnacle Peak, with more than 1,600 votes.

Ms. Linnig received more than 10% of the Pecos precinct vote.

Mr. Little received more than 15% of the McCormick Ranch vote, with 1,057 votes.

Mr. Maxwell did best in the south Scottsdale Yuma precinct, where he picked up more than 10% of their vote.

Mr. Phillips’ best precinct was the most far north area, Granite Mountain, where he received 14.5% of the vote, with 760 tallies.