Voter registration rolls in Oklahoma are surging ahead of the Friday, Oct. 9, voter registration deadline, according to new statistics released Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Election Board.
Voter registration statistics for the month ending Sept. 30 show a net increase of more than 116,000 registered voters since Jan. 15 – including a net increase of more than 34,000 registered voters in the past month.
Some highlights from Oklahoma’s Sept. 30 voter registration statistics include:
*Oklahoma has 2,206,208 total registered voters as of Sept. 30, compared to 2,090,107 on Jan. 15 and 2,172,079 on Aug. 31.
*There are now 1,100,032 registered Republicans, 739,466 registered Democrats, 353,269 registered Independents, and 13,441 registered Libertarians.
*Since Jan. 15, Republicans have seen a net gain of 91,463 registered voters, and are now about 49.9 percent of all registered voters.
*Democrats have seen a net increase of 1,210 registered voters since Jan. 15, and are now 33.5 percent of all registered voters.
*There has been a net increase of 21,158 registered Independents since Jan. 15, which are now 16 percent of all registered voters.
*Libertarians have seen a net increase of 2,270 registered voters since Jan. 15, and are less than 1 percent of registered voters.
Oklahoma’s 2020 voter registration statistics continue a decades-long trend of growth for Republicans and Independents as a percentage of the electorate.
When Oklahoma started tracking voter registration statistics by party in 1960, Democrats made up 82 percent of registered voters and Republicans were about 17 percent.
In January 2010, Democrats made up 49 percent of Oklahoma’s registered voters and Republicans were a little less than 40 percent.
Democrats were the largest political party in the state until January 2015, when they were surpassed by Republicans for the first time.
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