Some counties in Arizona have great records, but some jurisdictions have decided to junk their records when the voter dies or moves. Some states keep their information for a certain number of years before destroying it. Genealogists have persuaded many states to keep these valuable records. Some states that have protected the voter cards have produced statewide indexes, which are kept at the secretary of state's office. Some of these offices won't give information over the phone.
Voter registration cards can provide valuable immigration information. The date and court of naturalization were reported on early records. However, remember that not everyone registered to vote, and some surviving records only include those people who actually voted. With those weaknesses in mind, voter registration cards may be the key to your research problems. Remember that available documents vary greatly and the only way to know if it could aid you in your search is to contact the city and county offices of the place your ancestor resided.
Source Information: GenWeekly, New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2003.
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