Bad news for one party, good news for another in Nebraska voter registration numbers

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May 11, 2018 - 10:42am

The Nebraska Democratic Party is touting a “blue wave” of support and “astounding increase” in Democrats requesting vote-by-mail ballots. But voter registration numbers from the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office point to a much less positive trend.

There are 355,753 registered Democrats as of this week. A review of a half century of voting records shows that’s the lowest total since the 1972 primary. And Democrats now account for 29.7 percent of all Nebraska voters, the lowest since voter registration numbers were added to voting reports in the 1960s. This continues a gradual decline from 50 years ago, when Democrats were 46 percent of Nebraska voters.

About 48 percent of Nebraska voters (577,438) are registered Republicans, and that’s been fairly steady for decades, generally ranging between 52 and 48 percent of voters,

The difference is an increasing number of Nebraskans registering as non-partisan (252,907 or 21.1 percent) and although still small, the Libertarian Party is growing significantly. There are now 13,499 Libertarians, 1.1 percent Nebraska voters and almost double the number from the 2016 primary.

Overall, 1,199.660 Nebraskans are registered to vote, the most ever for a primary.

 


Nebraska Primary Election Voter Registration Since 2000

  Year

  Republicans

  Democrats

  Non-Partisan

  Libertarians

 Other

  Total

  2018

 577,438   48.1%

 355,753   29.7%

 252,970   21.1%

 13,499   1.1%

 

 1,199,660

  2016

 564,718   48.5%

 359,821   30.9%

 233,355   20.0%

 7,414     0.6%

 

 1,165,308

  2014

 556,523   48.3%

 358,965   31.2%

 231,622   20.1%

 5,034     0.4%

 

 1,152,144

  2012

 547,366   48.2%

 368,129   32.4%

 218,804   19.3%

 2,054     0.2%

  12

 1,136,365

  2010

 546,309   48.1%

 382,239   33.6%

 207,624   18.3%

  N/A

 

 1,136,172

  2008

 550,582   49.3%

 372,866   33.4%

 184,438   16.5%

  N/A

 

 1,117,495

  2006

 578,916   50.7%

 371,037   32.5%

 184,119   16.1%

  N/A

 

 1,140,741

  2004

 544,979   50.1%

 378,157   34.8%

 157,021   14.4%

 4,206     0.4%

 

 1,087,842

  2002

 537,870   50.2%

 379,583   35.5%

 149,724   14.0%

 2,992     0.3%

 

 1,070,479

  2000

 517,347   49.5%

 381,155   36.5%

 144,564   13.8%

 1,197     0.1%

 

 1,044,348

 

Notes

  • Nebraska voter registration in 1990 (primary): Republicans 438,757 (50.7%), Democrats 363,778 (42.0%)
  • Nebraska voter registration in 1980 (primary): Republicans 400,861 (48.8%), Democrats 372,074 (45.3%)
  • Nebraska voter registration in 1970 (primary): Republicans 358,597 (52.2%), Democrats 305,239 (44.5%)
  • In 2018, Republicans outnumber Democrats in 89 of Nebraska's 93 counties. The four Democrat-majority counties are: Dakota, Douglas, Greeley and Thurston.
  • In 1970, Republicans outnumbered Democrats in 82 of Nebraska's 93 counties. The 11 Democrat-majority counties were: Butler, Cedar, Douglas, Greeley, Howard, Platte, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Sherman and Thurston.

 

 

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