Nevadans Opt for Non-Partisan Status in Increasing Numbers

This article in the Las Vegas Sun cites recent voter registration statistics and points out that the number of non-partisan voters is on the rise, increasing the importance of that voting block.

“Nonpartisan” — sometimes called “independent” in other states — voters have reached their highest share since 1985, which is as far back as available voter registration data goes.

As of last month, about 16 percent of active Nevada voters — 171,000 people — were nonpartisan, up from about 14 percent in 2000. In 1985, just 7 percent of Nevada voters were registered nonpartisan.

The article also suggests that many members of the Independent American Party of Nevada, a far-right political party aligned with the national Constitution Party, are people who were intending to register as non-partisan.

11 thoughts on “Nevadans Opt for Non-Partisan Status in Increasing Numbers

  1. Richard Winger

    The February 1, 2012 paper issue of Ballot Access News will have a chart, showing the number of reigstered voters in each state in each party, and also of course the number of independents in each state. The chart will compare those totals with past such charts. Anyone who doesn’t already subscribe can get the Feb. 1 2012 issue by e-mailing me, richardwinger@yahoo.com.

  2. paulie

    Lake,

    The word independent in a party name causes voter confusion. I personally saw this with thousands of real people in California.

    I understand that the Nevada IAP is more active than the California AIP and thus, a higher percentage of their voters actually know about the party and mean to register that way, but it is a fact that many of them still do not and register that way by mistake just like in California.

  3. Cody Quirk

    Paulie,

    Even if that were true , its a smaller percentage.

    I admit that it is the case in California- back when I was the Riverside County Chair, I and another officer contacted all 6,000 registered AIP’ers that listed their phone numbers…

    Only about a third of those people knew that we were an actual political party, and none wanted to actively participate with us.

    But of course, Nevadans are quite different.

  4. paulie

    Have you tried making the same kinds of calls in Nevada, and if so what were the results?

    Yes, I agree that a higher percentage of Nevadans know what the IAP is and actually want to register that way, but I still think you will have a lot of people that checked the box by mistake. There are a lot of people that register to vote that just don’t know much at all about politics, or just moved to Nevada and don’t know about the IAP and see the word independent, just like in California.

  5. paulie

    I’d also be curious to know whether the third of Californians that knew AIP is a party were overwhelmingly people that had been registered with them for a long time.

    Among new people registering I did not find that percentage to be anywhere close to a third. More like 1% or less.

  6. Cody Quirk

    Have you tried making the same kinds of calls in Nevada, and if so what were the results?

    = They were certainly better then in California.
    However, they know what the IAP is and stands for, yet many don’t have the time or the motivation to be politically active.
    I’ve helped register people to vote here and we get plenty of those in small towns that gladly cross over to the IAP. We even have gotten a good amount of Democrats that re-registered IAP too.

    Yes, I agree that a higher percentage of Nevadans know what the IAP is and actually want to register that way, but I still think you will have a lot of people that checked the box by mistake. There are a lot of people that register to vote that just don’t know much at all about politics, or just moved to Nevada and don’t know about the IAP and see the word independent, just like in California.

    = Hell, I like the word ‘Independent’ too!
    Our name sounds uber awesome and anyone that thinks otherwise, or wants to change it can kiss my Irish-American ass, because it will never happen.

    Besides that- Snah.

  7. paulie

    LOL. I like the word independent. But it does cause some people to register with a party by mistake. You can deny it, but it does.

  8. matt cholko

    I’m glad to see fewer people registering with a party, especially the R and D parties. Frankly, I think the idea of partisan registration is ridiculous. It is nobody’s business which party one prefers, or if one is independent.

  9. paulie

    As some of you may know, Alabama has voter registration by race. When I moved back there in 2006, I registered “human”

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one that does that. Great minds think alike.

    I’ve also thought about listing myself as a “gay mexican muslim atheist yankee” just to mess with them, but not very seriously.

    🙂

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