By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. — There are fewer registered voters in Garfield County now than compared to 2008 — the last presidential election.
The numbers could change some, though, as the final day to register for the 2012 presidential election is Friday. Garfield County Election Board will be open until 4 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m.. to 4:30 p.m. Friday to help those people who would register.
Garfield County Election Board Secretary Roy Schneider said there has been a shift from Democrat to Republican registration, with independents also making some inroads.
As of Oct. 1, there are 29,203 registered voters in Garfield County. Those voters show 8,889 Democrats, 17,458 Republicans and 2,856 independents. At the same time four years ago, Garfield County showed 30,552 registered voters. Of that number,10,397 were Democrats, 17,494 were Republicans and 2,661 were independents.
“There has been a shift from Democrat to Republican. It is the statewide phenomenon. Plus, if you miss two general elections you are automatically taken off (registration rolls),” Schneider said.
Statewide, registration figures as of Oct. 8 showed Oklahoma with 953,133 Democrats, 877,796 Republicans, 15 Americans Elect and 246,485 independents, an overall increase in the number of registered voters. In 2008, a month before the presidential election, statewide voter numbers showed 1,012,594 Democrats, 790,712 Republicans and 219,230 independents, for a total 2,022,537.
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