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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Democratic and Republican registration in Oregon has fallen since 2008, while Independent and unaffiliated voters have increased.

Four years ago, 76 percent of Oregon voters were members of the two major political parties, compared with 71 percent now, according to an Associated Press analysis of September data from the Secretary of State’s office. Both major parties have fewer members now than four years ago, even though total voter registration has grown.

The Democratic Party had 854,000 registered voters in September, 7 percent fewer than four years ago. Republicans saw a 2 percent decline to 672,000 voters.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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