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New Voter Registration Numbers: Independents Surge in Battleground States

by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and Michelle Diggles, Ph. D

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Based on new voter registration data from 8 battleground states, Independents are surging while Democratic and, to a lesser extent, Republican voter registration is declining or remaining stagnant. Since our November 2011 report:

  • The number of Independents is up 59,239,
  • Democrats have dropped 8,491, and
  • Republicans have increased 44,227.

In the last 4 months of 2011, first in the nation New Hampshire added 3,468 Independent voters and lost 1,658 Democrats and 406 Republicans.

Since 2008 the trend continues to be a shift away from the parties.

  • Independents increased by 320,657 or 3.4%;
  • Democrats lost 834,197 voters, or 5.55%; and,
  • Republicans lost 334,608, or 2.85%.

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Voter Registration Changes in 8 Battleground States Since 2008