August 9th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Legislature

Latest Voter Roll Numbers Show Democrats Registering Biggest Decline

The Oregon Secretary of State's Office has released its latest round of voter-registration tallies. And for Democrats headed into the November election, the news is not positive.

Compared with a year ago, Dems lost a total of 43,002 voters statewide as of the end of June 2010—the most recent data available. That's a 4.7 percent loss over the 12-month period since June 2009.

Republicans meanwhile lost 19,299 registered voters between June 2009 and June 2010—a 2.8-percent decline.

Registration for the major parties generally declines after they make big pushes to sign up new voters for presidential elections, as happened in 2008. The total number of registered voters in all parties statewide dropped by 60,418 for the year, a 2.9-percent drop. And Democrats still enjoy a statewide registration edge of more than 200,000 people over Republicans (864,397 for the Ds, 659,461 for the Rs).

The fact Dems were the biggest losers doesn't bode well for their momentum heading into a tough year to hold the governor's mansion and maintain the party's large majorities in the state Legislature. (But don't feel too badly for the Dems starting their work week. Here's what they're doing on Monday.)

Meanwhile, the clear winner in the newly released numbers is the Independent Party of Oregon. The IPO saw a surge of 10,379 voters since June 2009, or a 22.7-percent increase before holding the state's first-ever electronic primary in July.
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