This Charlotte Observer article is all about Organizing for America (NC Democratic Party) and Obama for America (Obama’s re-election campaign) working in North Carolina to register voters and add them to their email lists in hopes of a repeat of the 2008 General Election. The North Carolina Obama for America director said that they had already spoken “one-on-one” to about 84,000 North Carolinians. According to the article the campaign has more than 20 paid staff and expects to grow as the election nears.
Each month, the Civitas Institute reports voter registration changes at its Carolina Transparency website. By converting the data generated by the State Board of Elections into a user friendly database, Civitas helps visualize North Carolina’s voter registration changes. With the help of the Civitas Voter Registration database, you can track voter registration changes each month and perhaps even more often as we approach Election Day 2012.
A look at voter registration in North Carolina since the November 2008 General Election shows that there has been a net loss of 45,448 voters from North Carolina’s rolls. Since November 2008 the Democratic Party has lost 129,279 voters, the Republican Party has lost 47,788 voters, the Libertarian Party has gained 8,867 voters and the unaffiliated ranks have grown by 122,752 voters.
The biggest drop in voters occured after the 2008 General Election when the county boards of election carried out required list maintenance. After every Federal Election the county boards are required to remove voters who have remained in inactive status through two Federal elections. By August 2009, after the November 2008 General Election, North Carolina’s voter rolls decreased by more than 170,000 voters.
The chart below illustrates that, except for list maintenance periods, the ranks of the unaffiliated have consistently out-registered (by leaps and bounds) the Democratic and Republican Parties and the Republican Party voter registration has stayed ahead of the Democratic Party in every month since May of 2009. Note: the chart begins with the May to August 2009 span (-12,000 voters) because the November to August 2009 span would have gone off the charts with a decrease of over 172,254 voters.