Carolina Transparency, a project of the Civitas Institute, has been tracking voter registration trends that not only show the number of registered Democrats is plummeting, but also now reveal the number of unaffiliated voters will soon surpass that of Republican voters.
Civitas Elections Analyst Susan Myrick said, “If these trends continue, it is possible that unaffiliated voters will surpass registered Republicans in North Carolina in the next few months. But while this will be a noteworthy development in one of North Carolina’s two major political parties, the real change is taking place among Democrats, the only segment of N.C.’s voter registration to have decreased since January 2009. Since that time, Democrats have experienced a net loss of 229,645 voters, Republicans a net gain of 49,317 voters and the unaffiliated ranks have gained a total of 638,613 voters.”
Just two months ago, Republicans outnumbered the Unaffiliated ranks by 24,676 voters. As of July 15th, that number had shrunk to 13,128. If the trend continues, it will only be a few short months before there are more unaffiliated voters in North Carolina than Republicans.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit policy organization that fights to remove barriers to freedom so that all North Carolinians can enjoy a better life.