Who’s the only South Dakota political party that grew in July? The Libertarians!
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According to the Secretary of State’s latest voter registration report, from July 5 to August 1, the Libertarian Party of South Dakota continued its steady year-long march toward outnumbering Webster by adding eight new registered voters (possibly all at their Sioux Falls convention weekend before last) and raising its statewide membership to 1,701.
The Libertarians, Constitutionists, and Others together still make up only 0.55% of the registered electorate. Republicans make up 46.21% of the registered electorate. Democrats have sunk to 30.63%. Independents have risen to 22.60%.
Since their peak in July 2009 (you know, the good old day, when we had a couple of courageous members of Congress and a knowledgeable, articulate President), South Dakota Democrats have lost 37,829 registered voters, a decline of 18.36%. Over the same eight years, the number of independent voters has increased by 37,830, a gain of 43.83%. (Be careful: in 2009, SOS Nelson reported indies and other non-GOP/Dems all in one column, so the comparison is not perfect.) Since July 2009, South Dakota Republicans have added 11,045 to their rolls, while the number of active registered voters has increased by 12,649.