By Janelle Calderon/The Nevada Independent
For what appears the first time in Nevada history, non-major party voters have surpassed Democratic and Republican voters.
According to numbers released on Wednesday by Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office, of the 1.8 million active registered voters in Nevada, non-major party voters — including those registered as nonpartisan as well as with smaller political parties — now make up roughly 34.8 percent, or more than 651,000 individual voters.
Those totals overtake registration numbers for both major political parties — 34.78 percent are Democrats and 30.4 percent are Republicans.
Voters listed under non-major parties made up the majority in nearly every age group tracked by the secretary of state.
The secretary of state’s office has previously credited the increase to the DMV’s automatic registration system, which took effect in January 2020. Voters who do not select a party affiliation when updating information are automatically registered as nonpartisan, unless they opt out.
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