Drinking Liberally reminds me to check the new monthly voter registration count, and I discover that election-denying Secretary of State Monae Johnson is now denying her Republican Party its 300K voter achievement. The SDGOP surpassed 300,000 registered voters for the first time back in March. But in her ongoing purge of the voter rolls, Secretary Johnson has knocked the SDGOP back down to a mere 299,853 registrants.
(Secretary Johnson has also forgotten to reformat the voter registration monthly tally webpage to make the table fit both the ridiculously separated counts of independents and “no party affiliation” voters—come on, Monae: they’re the same thing—and the new column for the official “No Labels” party label, which the Secretary inexplicably places in the first column of parties arranged in neither alphabetical or numerical order. No matter how far I widen the window—and I have a 27-inch screen—the “Inactive” column keeps spilling out of the white background.)
Thanks to Johnson’s ongoing purge, Republicans have 1,804 fewer registrants than they did at the beginning of November. Democrats are down 1,597, independents are down 1,498, and Libertarians are down 34. Johnson likely struck more voters than that—while the statewide voter total is down 4,945 from November, the total added to the purgatory of “Inactive” status is up 5,807. New voters likely signed up for each party, mitigating the net losses to each active category.
While Pubs have slipped below 300K, they maintain a 2 to 1 advantage over Democrats, as they have since July. They also have increased their raw majority among registered voters from the historic 50.06% on November 1 to 50.17% yesterday.