Independent voter numbers have surgedSubmitted by meekandmild on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 14:54
JUPITER, Fla.—If current voter registration trends continue, both the Republican and Democratic parties may have a serious numbers problem.
Since President Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, the number of voters registered as independents or with a third party has surged in several key states, while those registered with both major parties have dropped off significantly. Among the six battleground states that provide monthly voter registration data (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania), all but the Buckeye State report more independent voters than four years ago.
In states like Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, both Republicans and Democrats alike have lost registered voters during that period. In Pennsylvania, for instance, the parties have shed a whopping 437,811 registered voters since the last presidential election.