Monday, November 02, 2020

OK voter registrations surge before election, GOP tops 50% for first time ever

There have been some absolutely astounding developments on the voter registration front here in Oklahoma this year, which I will get around to charting in a Voter Registration Maps series update soon. In the meantime, check out this historic news from the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Oklahoma Voter Registrations Surge Before 2020 General Election
For first time, Republicans top 50% of Registered Voters

(Oklahoma City) – Oklahoma’s voter registrations have surged ahead of the 2020 General Election, with a net increase of more than 169,000 registered voters since January 15 and a net increase of nearly 53,000 since September 30. The State Election Board’s official pre-election voter registration statistics show the total number of registered voters is the largest before a Presidential Election since Oklahoma began tracking pre-election voter registration statistics in 2000.

Oklahoma’s voter registration statistics also show that registered Republicans now make up more than 50% of Oklahoma’s registered voters for the first time. The last time a majority of voters belonged to an Oklahoma political party prior to a Presidential Election was November 1, 2004, when Democrats made up 51.3% of registered voters.

“The surge in voter registrations is a clear indication that Oklahomans are highly interested in the 2020 General Election. It is a positive sign for higher voter participation this year,” said Paul Ziriax, Secretary of the State Election Board.  “The new statistics also continue the decades-long growth trend for Republicans and Independents as a percentage of Oklahoma’s electorate.”

Net change in voter registrations since January 15, 2020
  • Total Voters: +169,006
  • Republicans: +121,202
  • Democrats: +12,413
  • Libertarians: +3,731
  • Independents: +31,660
Comparison of Registered Voter Percentages
  • As of November 1, 2020, Republicans are 50.01% of registered voters, while Democrats are 33.23%, Independents are 16.10%, and Libertarians are 0.66%. 
  • On January 15, 2020, Republicans were 48.25% of registered voters, while Democrats were 35.32%, Independents were 15.89%, and Libertarians were 0.53%.
  • On November 1, 2016, Republicans were 45.61% of registered voters, while Democrats were 39.71%, Independents were 14.52%, and Libertarians were 0.17%.
Comparison of Official Nov. 1 Pre-Election Statistics (Total Registered Voters)
  • 2020: 2,259,113
  • 2016: 2,157,450
  • 2012: 2,114,713
  • 2008: 2,184,092
  • 2004: 2,143,978
  • 2000: 2,233,602
View Complete Voter Registration Statistics


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