Are there 9,871,525 registered voters in Arizona, a state of only 7.279 million? No, that's not true: This is a false claim that has been circulating on Facebook. The number 9,871,525 actually refers to the total number of people in the U.S. who shared on Facebook that they were registered to vote at one point in late September.
9,871,525 IS THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN AZ ACCORDING TO FB. AZ POPULATION IS 7,270,000
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Oct 1 13:32:42 2020 UTC)
The total estimated population of Arizona in 2019 was 7,278,717, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As of August 2020, there were 3,989,214 registered voters in Arizona, according to data on the Arizona Secretary of State's website, not 9,871,525.
It's not just people in Arizona wrongly claiming that there are 9,871,525 people registered to vote in their state-- From late on September 23, 2020, to September 24 Facebook users in New York, Maine, Pennsylvania and Oregon posted saying that there are 9,871,525 registered voters in their states. All of these Facebook users misinterpreted a number provided by Facebook's voting information initiative.
The Facebook user from Oregon posted this screenshot:
The 9,871,525 figure refers to the number of "people who shared about registering to vote in the United States." The text above the number likely mislead Facebook users because it says "showing info for [YOUR STATE]."
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