Record number registered to vote
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A record 1.2 million Nevadans are registered to vote, a 9 percent increase from the 1.1 million registered for the general election in 2004, the secretary of state’s office said.
The state has about 485,000 registered Democrats and 475,000 registered Republicans. Another 187,000 are registered as nonpartisan. Among minor parties, the Independent American Party leads with some 42,000 registered members, the office said.
In the past four primary elections, voter turnout has ranged between 20 percent and 27 percent. Ellick Hsu, the deputy secretary of state for elections, predicted a similar turnout this year.
“It’s a nonpresidential year, but all the state offices are up,” Hsu said. “That may offset the low turnout a little.”
Democratic leaders said they expected a 30 percent turnout in the primary because of the increased popularity of early voting.
Kirsten Searer, a state Democratic Party spokeswoman, said her party has a voter registration team that travels to malls and other public places to sign up voters. “We are proud of the gains we have made,” she said.
While Democrats have registered slightly more voters than Republicans, more Democrats have been classified as “inactive,” or those who probably have moved and left no forwarding address. Election information mailed to them was returned to county election departments.
If registered voters do not vote in two consecutive general elections, their names are purged from registered voter lists. Such voters can show up at the polls and vote and again be classified as active voters, Hsu said.
Statewide, some 248,000 people are considered inactive voters, of which about 103,000 are Democrats and 84,000 are Republicans.
There are about 391,000 active registered Republicans and 383,000 active Democrats.