According to the Secretary of State’s office, at least 21 counties — Brookings, Butte, Custer, Davison, Deuel, Douglas, Fall River, Faulk, Hanson, Harding, Hutchinson, Jones, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Perkins, Turner, Union and Yankton — now have more NPA/indies registered than Democrats, and several others such as Codington and Hughes nearly do [Bob Mercer, “Capitol Notebook: Many Counties Losing Democrats,” KELO-TV, 2023.08.22].
Mercer pulls that list from the Secretary’s August 1 report. His inclusion of Douglas County appears to be incorrect: on August 1, Douglas County had 235 registered Democrats and 226 registered indies. The updated county roster this morning shows Douglas with 233 Democrats and 225 indies. Of course, those Dems and indies together are still vastly outnumbered by Douglas County’s 1,688 Republicans.
Democrats rank first in voter registration in nine counties: Oglala Lakota, Todd, Dewey, Roberts, Buffalo, Ziebach, Corson, Clay, and Bennett.