Republicans, Independents continue registration gains
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Published: 15-Oct-2010

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Published: 15-Oct-2010

There has been a net increase of more than 40,000 voters in Oklahoma since January 15, 2010, according to new information from the state Election Board.

Both recognized political parties and Independents have had a net increase in registered voters this year. Here is a comparison of the net increase in voters from January 15 to October 15, 2010:

         Democrats net increase = +313

         Republicans net increase = +28,599

         Independents net increase = +11,482

         Total voters net increase = +40,394

The Democratic party has recovered from a slight decline in their raw number of voters, found earlier this fall. However, a steady decline in the percentage of overall voters identifying as Democrats has continued, according to the new analysis from Paul Ziriax, the election board chairman.

As a percentage of all registered voters, Democrats have dropped from 49.0% to 48.1%; Republicans have increased from 39.9% to 40.5%; and Independents have increased from 11.1% to 11.4% since January 15.

Here is a summary of Oklahoma's voter registration totals as of Oct. 15, 2010:

         Dem = 1,000,168 (48.1%)

         Rep = 841, 757 (40.5%)

         Ind = 237,089 (11.4%)

         Total = 2,079,014

Voter registration for the General Election closed on Oct.8, and county election boards are still processing late-arriving voter registration applications. Oklahoma’s official pre-election voter registration statistics will be released on 11/01/2010.

Important dates:

         October 8: Voter registration closed

         October 27: Last day to request absentee ballot

         October 29, October 30, and November 1: Early voting at county election boards

         November 2: General Election Day

Learn more: http://elections.ok.gov

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