Fastest growing group for registration is Independents

Official voter registration statistics show Independents are the fastest growing segment of the state’s electorate, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

Oklahoma’s official voter registration statistics are counted every year on January 15. This month’s count showed 1,978,807 registered voters as of Jan. 15, 2016.

Historical trends have continued as the Republican and Independent share of voter registration increased while the percentage of Democrats decreased. The number of Republican voters went up by about 3 percent from 2014 to 2016, a net increase of about 26,000 voters. The number of Democrats fell by 6 percent, a net loss of 53,000 voters from 2014. Independents, meanwhile, had a net increase of 28,000 voters in that period.

“What really stands out when you look at these numbers is the growth in Independent voters,” Ziriax said. “The number of Independents grew by about 11.6 percent in the past two years.”

Oklahoma Voter Registration

880,130 (44.5 percent) Republicans

832,059 (42 percent) Democrats

266,605 (13.5 percent) Independents

1,978,807 Total

Historical Voter Registration In Oklahoma

The State Election Board began recording statewide voter registration statistics by party in 1960.

82.9 percent Democrat

17.6 percent Republican

.4 percent Independent

1980

75.8 percent Democrat

22.8 percent Republican

1.4 percent Independent

2000

56.7 percent Democrat

35.0 percent Republican

8.3 percent Independent

Minor parties accounted for less than 1 percent of voters in 2000 and 2016. For more information, go to www.elections.ok.gov.