Democrats Continue Rapid Loss of NC Registered Voters as Republicans, Unaffiliated See Big Increase

The Civitas Institute offers an outstanding website to track North Carolina voter registration at Carolina Transparency. The website is updated each week with data straight from the State Board of Elections. The website allows users to compare data week to week, month to month and even year to year.

Here are some interesting facts derived from the Carolina Transparency voter registration website.

During the three-week period between March 25 and April 15, North Carolina’s voter rolls grew by 5,464 voters. Democrats saw a net loss of 32 voters, Republicans gained 1,208 voters, Libertarians picked up 143 voters, and the unaffiliated ranks grew by 5,464 voters.

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In the same period, Democrats saw net losses in 60 counties, net gains in 34 counties and no change in six counties. Republicans had net losses in 25 counties, net gains in 71 counties and in four counties Republican voter registration remained unchanged. Unaffiliated numbers grew in 88 counties, fell in 11 counties and were unchanged in one county.

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The latest numbers continue the voter registration trend North Carolina has experienced since January 2009. Since then, Democrats have experienced a net loss of 230,736 voters, Republicans a net gain of 42,319 voters, Libertarians a net gain of 28,230 voters and the unaffiliated ranks have gained a total of 616,061 voters.

Another trend that shows no sign of ending is the numbers of unaffiliated voters beginning to equal or outnumber Republicans and Democrats. On April 15, 2017, Democrats made up 39.2 percent (2,639,102) of voters, down from 44.8 percent in March 2009; Republicans made up 30.4 percent (2,047,468), down from 34.1 percent; and unaffiliated voters are at 30.0 percent, up from 21.1 percent (2,018,786) in March 2009.

There are now eight counties where unaffiliated voters outnumber Democrats and Republican. Those counties are: Camden, Dare, Currituck, Henderson, New Hanover, Polk, Transylvania and Watauga.



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