Report: Oklahoma voter registration tops 2012 numbers, falls short of 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • More than 2 million Oklahomans are registered to vote.
  • This is more than 2012 and 2004, but less than in 2000 and 2008.
  • The Republican Party added the most voters.

Oklahoma’s official pre-election voter registration statistics released on Nov. 1 show 2,157,450 Oklahomans are registered to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 General Election, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax reported on Tuesday.

The statistics represent a net increase of more than 40,000 voters over the 2012 presidential election. The total was also higher than the official count before the 2004 election. Registration numbers did not reach the level set before the 2000 and 2008 presidential elections.

Since Jan. 15, Oklahoma has had a net gain of 178,643 voters. The Republican Party added 103,802 voters. Independents added 46,586 voters, while Democrats saw in increase of 24,658 and Libertarians added 3,599.

The Libertarian Party became recognized in Oklahoma earlier this year.

Republicans now make up 45.6 percent of all voters.

Independents, meanwhile, remain the fastest growing portion of the electorate, with registration among Independents rising at a rate of 17.5 percent since January.

Although the number of Democrats in the state grew over the year, the party’s share of the electorate continued to decline, a trend that has been consistent over several decades. Democrats were officially the state’s largest party from statehood until January 2015.