Independent voters behind registration surge in New Mexico

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The number of registered voters in New Mexico has climbed to almost 1,290,000 in anticipation of the general election on Nov. 8.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The number of registered voters in New Mexico has climbed to almost 1,290,000 in anticipation of the general election on Nov. 8.

Figures released Monday by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office show an increase of 34,000, or nearly 3 percent, in registered voters since the 2012 presidential election. Independent and small-party registration account for most of the increase.

Democrats currently account for 47 percent of registered voters and Republicans for 31 percent. Independents represent 19 percent and minor parties have 4 percent.

Go back to 2000, and Democrats accounted for 52 percent, Republicans for 33 percent.

Registration is at its highest mark since voter rolls were purged of outdated information in March 2015 to comply with the National Voter Registration Act. That process culminates in odd years.

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