New Jersey now has more than one million more Democrats than Republicans, and for the first time, the state has more Democrats than unaffiliated voters.
The surge in party registration comes just before the July 7 primary election, where 2.4 million unaffiliated voters – sometimes referred to as independents – specifically opted-in to participate in a primary conducted almost entirely through vote-by-mail balloting.
The state now has 1,027,613 more Democrats than Republicans, and 61,854 more Democrats than unaffiliateds.
According to the New Jersey Division of Elections, New Jersey added 58,376 new Democrats and 26,432 more Republicans to the voter rolls in the last month. The number of unaffiliated voters in the state has dropped by 61,854.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order required election officials to ask more than 2.4 million unaffiliated voters if they wished to receive a Democratic or Republican ballot for the primary election. That bumped up the number of New Jerseyans who wished to join a political party.
New Jersey added 16,849 new voters in June. Democrats outpaced the GOP by a more than 2-1 margin on adding new eligible primary voters.
Democrats now make up 38.8% of New Jersey’s total electorate, with Republicans at 22.2%. Unaffiliated voters are now at 37.8%.
In 2001, the last time Republicans had a governor and majorities in both houses of the Legislature, 55% of New Jersey voters were not affiliated with either political party. In 19 years, that number has dropped to just under 38%.
Democrats made up 25.3% of the voters in 2001, while 19.5% were registered as Republicans.
The next number to watch in the coming years: will New Jersey become slow blue that the state will have two Democrats for every one Republican?