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December 30, 2013

Analysis of voter trends shows unaffiliated voters continue to increase

An analysis of voter trends by Democracy North Carolina has found that in every county except Hoke, a majority of new voters are choosing not to sign up as Democrats or Republicans. Statewide, unaffiliated voters now make up 26 percent of the electorate, up from 8 percent in 1993.

The race, political party and growth patterns among North Carolina voters vary widely by county, according to a new analysis of voter trends by the watchdog group Democracy North Carolina.

Since 2008, for example, Mecklenburg County has seen a net increase of 14,700 Democrats and 26,100 black voters, but a loss of 13,900 Republicans and 11,800 white voters after taking into account deaths, moves and party registration changes. In neighboring Gaston County, however, Democrats have lost 2,400 members over the past five years, while Republicans added 800 and unaffiliated voters increased by 6,100, according to the analysis.

The Democracy NC study also found:

• In 36 of the 100 counties, the number of registered voters declined from November 2008 to November 2013.
• In every county except Hoke, a majority of new voters are choosing not to sign up as Democrats or Republicans. Statewide, unaffiliated voters now make up 26 percent of the electorate, up from 8 percent in 1993.
• One feature every county shares is a net gain in Latino voters since 2008 – from five voters added in Northampton and six in Hyde to 6,800 new Latino voters in Wake and 8,400 in Mecklenburg.
• The 53,000 registrations of American Indians represents a 9 percent increase over 2008. About half of the registered American Indians live in Robeson County.

To download a spreadsheet of the county-level data: http://bit.ly/19xyfa4

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