GOP Maintains Active Voter Registration Edge, Gender Gap Grows

May 1, 2012

New voter registration numbers are good news for Colorado Republicans

DENVER—Republicans in Colorado continue to maintain a sizeable registration advantage over their Democratic counterparts through April, according to the latest voter registration statistics compiled by the Secretary of State.

The latest figures show Republicans holding an active voter registration lead of more than 117,000. There are 810,608 active GOP voters through May 1, with 692,964 Democrats. Unaffiliated active voters trail slightly, at 675,327.

The total registered voter counts for both parties reflect a smaller partisan lead for Republicans, at just more than 30,000 voters. The total vote count includes active and inactive voters. There are 1,104,966 total registered Republicans, and 1,074,580 Democrats.

But with the number of total unaffiliated voters cresting just above the 1.2 million mark, there is now a 96,644 vote gap between the “independent” unaffiliated voters in the state and their nearest partisan GOP counterparts.

Viewed as a percentage of the total of active voters, Democrats continue to edge down slightly, at 31.5 percent, down nearly half a percentage point since the beginning of 2012. Republicans have also edged down 0.3 percent, but still sit at 36.9 percent of active voters in Colorado.

Unaffiliated active voters, meanwhile, have picked up six-tenths of a point, to 30.7 percent, since the beginning of the year. That’s more than 35,000 new active unaffiliated voters. Over the same period, Republicans have added approximately 17,000 active voters to their rolls, with Democrats adding about 12,000.

Democrats have recently launched efforts to “close the gap.”

The number of active female voters continues to exceed the number of active male voters, producing a gender gap of 117,174 voters. Women account for 52.7 percent of the vote, with men sitting at 47.3 percent, a difference of 5.4 percent.

The vast majority of the gender gap among active voters (nearly 107,000) can be found in the state’s 12 largest counties—Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld.

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