Voter registration at all-time high after gubernatorial election
Ponca City Now - January 15, 2019 1:23 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY – Official voter registration statistics released Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Election Board show the highest number of registered voters following a gubernatorial election since the board began recording voter registration statistics in 1960. This year’s count reveals 2,126,897 people registered to vote, an increase of nearly 111,000 voters from the same time last year.
Republican Party voter registration continues to grow, along with the Libertarian Party and Independent voters. Current numbers show Republicans make up 47.4 percent of the electorate, while Democrats constitute 36.6 percent of voter registration. Libertarians consist of 0.4 percent of the voter population and registered Independents account for nearly 15.6 percent.
“As Oklahoma’s chief election official, I am very encouraged by today’s voter registration statistics. Our state saw a big increase in voter engagement in 2018, and I am hopeful that this trend will continue through 2019 and into the 2020 elections,” said Paul Ziriax, Secretary of the State Election Board. “For eligible citizens who are not currently registered to vote, there is no time like the present.”
Voter registration usually peaks following a general election, but it’s important to remember that the numbers are constantly changing. The Oklahoma State Election Board releases a comprehensive annual voter registration count each Jan. 15. Statistics from the 2019 report can be found at: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Voter_Registration_Statistics/index.html.
OKLAHOMA REGISTERED VOTERS (as of Jan. 15, 2019)
REPUBLICANS 1,008,775 47.4%
DEMOCRATS 777,770 36.6%
INDEPENDENTS 331,078 15.6%
LIBERTARIANS 9,274 0.4%
For a complete history of voter registration statistics or to download a voter registration application, visit http://elections.ok.gov.