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Republican Voter Registration Surges in December Surpassing Democrats, Independents

Nonpartisan voters exceed number of registered Democrats, Republicans

By Megan Barth, February 5, 2024 11:50 am

Nevada Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar reports an increase of 9,056 active registered voters during the month of January 2024 as compared to December 2023.  The total number of active registered voters in Nevada is 1,933,056, an increase of (0.47%).

Nonpartisan active registered voters increased by 1,049 (0.17%). Democratic Party active registered voters statewide increased by 1,757 (0.30%). Republican Party active registered voters statewide increased by 6,749 (1.22%).  Independent American Party active registered voters decreased by 176 (-0.21%), and Libertarian Party of Nevada active registered voters decreased by 66 (-0.40%). Active registered voters from a compilation of “other” minor political parties decreased by 257 (-0.64%).

Of the 1,933,056 active registered voters in Nevada:

  • 637,227 are Nonpartisan (32.96%);
  • 595,943 are Democrats (30.83%);
  • 559,743 are Republicans (28.96%);
  • 84,120 are members of the Independent American Party (4.35%);
  • 16,296 are members of the Libertarian Party of Nevada (0.84%); and
  • 39,727 are members of other minor political parties (2.06%).
Democratic leaders, Assm. Steve Yeager, AG Aaron Ford, SOS Cisco Aguilar and Treasurer Zach Conine hold a press conference at the NV state capitol, May 3, 2023 (Photo: Megan Barth for The Nevada Globe)

The Voter Registration and Election Management Solution (VREMS) was initiated after the passage of Assembly Bill 422 (AB422) during the 81st legislative session. The multi-phased project includes a centralized statewide voter registration database and connects the election management systems located in counties throughout the Silver State.

According to the NV SOS, VREMS is designed to

  • Improved speed and accuracy for maintaining accurate voter rolls across the state.
  • Promotes the safeguarding of electronic communications between the counties, the Secretary of State Elections Division, and other state agencies.
  • Supports the reduction of manual administrative processes. An example of this is the Automatic Voter Registration data connection with the DMV.

During the last legislative session, Governor Joe Lombardo and numerous Republican state lawmakers drafted various pieces of legislation to strengthen the integrity and transparency of Nevada’s election system, including proposals for the elimination of universal mail-in ballots, the implementation of Voter ID, and additional ballot verification measures.

The numerous pieces of legislation were tabled by the Democratic majority. Assembly leader Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas) referred to the governor’s proposals as “dead on arrival” and claimed Nevada has “the best elections in the country.”  In a press conference, Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford falsely claimed that Voter ID was “unconstitutional.”

As reported by the Globe, 74 percent of Nevadans, support Voter ID, including a majority of Democrats and Independents.

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