Thousands of Democrats appear to change voter registration for primary | Regional government

Voter registration figures compiled Tuesday show 6,440 more Nebraskans were registered as Republicans in May than in April, with a corresponding drop of 3,838 registered Democrats.

These new numbers provided an inaccurate indication that thousands of Democrats may have changed their registration to participate in the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary.

The figures were compiled by the Secretary of State’s office and marked the completion of voter registration to contest the May 10 primary election.

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“It’s difficult to give exact numbers on where voters go or change party affiliation,” Assistant Secretary of State Cindi Allen said in providing the new numbers.

“But you will be able to tell which party membership is growing before the primary election,” she said.

Motivation isn’t measured in the voter registration process, but it seems clear that thousands of Nebraska Democrats may have changed their voter registration to vote in the GOP gubernatorial race and there is plenty of evidence on Facebook, Twitter, and other online traffic to support this hypothesis.

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Democratic State Speaker Jane Kleeb of Hastings said she recognizes that.

“Unlike when Republicans left their party after the uprising (of the 2020 presidential vote) and never returned, some Democrats have temporarily left the party in hopes of keeping the worst of the radical Republicans from running. as governor,” Kleeb said.

“We’re confident they’ll be back as Democrats the day after the primary,” she said.

Voter registration figures show an overwhelming Republican majority in the state: 602,410 Republicans; 346,526 Democrats; 268,136 non-partisan.

With 18,267 Libertarians and 2,333 Legal Marijuana NOW party members included, the total number of voter registrations is 1,237,672.

Republicans hold a majority over Democrats in 90 of 93 counties, all but Dakota, Douglas and Thurston counties.

In Lancaster County, the number of registered Democrats in April compared to May fell by 548 voters while the number of Republicans increased by 1,201.

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