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
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
75.8 percent Democrat
22.8 percent Republican
1.4 percent Independent
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.