Repubs and indies up, Dems down… again

Republicans and independents increased their voter registrations, while Democrats fell for the fifth month in a row, according to the latest numbers for South Dakota.

The web site for Secretary of State Shantel Krebs shows that, as of April 10, Republicans remained the dominant party, with 253,845 registered voters. That was a slight — nine total — downturn from March 1. But it was an overall increase from the 252,116 Republicans registered for the November general election, and the 243,523 Republicans registered for the June primary.

Then we have the independents and No Party Affiliation voters. Their combined total as of April 10 was 122,373. That was an increase of 662 since March 1. More significantly, it was an overall increase from the 118,669 independents and NPAs registered for the November general election, and the 110,839 registered for the June primary. Independents and NPAs climbed 14 months in a row.

Now for the Democrats: They have fallen five months in a row. As of April 10, there were 169,688 Democratic voters registered in South Dakota. That was a decrease of 369 since March 1. It also was an overall decrease from the 170,694 Democrats registered for the November general election. It was an increase, however, from the 168,301 Democrats registered for the June primary.

As for the smaller political parties, the Constitution Party stood at 493 on April 10, down from 500 for the November general; it became an officially recognized party again on March 31, 2016. The Libertarian Party had 1,682 registered voters on April 10, an increase from 1,620 for the November general. The Libertarians became an officially recognized party again on June 17, 2016.

Flip the calendar back to July 2009: Democrats stood at a peak of 206,086, while independents and NPAs totaled 86,310. At the rates they have changed since then — Democrats down more than 36,000 while the independents and NPAs up more than 36,000 — the independents and NPAs could overtake Democrats within seven to eight years.

If not sooner.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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