Minor and no-party voters may soon outnumber Republicans in Palm Beach Countyby George Bennett | January 6th, 2014
The percentage of Palm Beach County voters who register Republican has slid steadily over the past two decades — from 40.2 percent in January 1994 to 33.2 percent in January 2004 to 28.1 percent today.
GOP registrations in the county may soon be eclipsed by voters who aren’t affiliated with a major party. As of Friday, people registered with no party or minor parties were 28 percent of the county electorate. The number of unaffiliated voters in the county increased 5.4 percent last year while the number of Republicans grew only 0.6 percent.
Democratic registrations have also slipped as a percentage of overall county voters, but not nearly as much as Republicans. Dems were 48.2 percent of county voters in 1994 and are 44 percent today.
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