Voter registration on the rise in Nevada

Nevada added more than 72,000 new voters to its books between January and August, outpacing registration in past midterm election years, according to data from the Nevada Secretary of State’s office.

Those numbers outpace new voter registration between January and October 2014 – the close of the registration period for the cycle – when the state added 61,619 new voters.

As for 2018, Democrats are only slightly outpacing Republicans in new voter registration. According to the data, more than 25,000 new voters registered as Democrats, while a little more than 23,000 registered with the GOP. 


Republican strategist Evan Seigfried highlighted some of the data on Twitter Friday. 

Nevada is home to one of the most competitive Senate races of the 2018 midterm elections.

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.) is fighting off an aggressive challenge from Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees ‘strong likelihood’ of another relief package; Warner says some businesses ‘may not come back’ at The Hill’s Advancing America’s Economy summit The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: CDC Director Redfield responds to Navarro criticism; Mnuchin and Powell brief Senate panel Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups MORE (D-Nev.) and is considered by many political observers to be the most vulnerable Senate Republican up for re-election this year.

Heller is the only Senate Republican seeking a new term in office this year in a state won by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016.

The voter participation typically drops off in non-presidential election years. But the Nevada registration numbers are the latest signal of voter energy in 2018. 

Republicans tend to turn out in higher numbers in midterm election years. But millions more Democrats cast their ballots in primary elections this year, energized in part by deep dissatisfaction with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and the GOP-controlled Congress, an analysis by The Hill revealed earlier this month.

Republicans, however, have also voted in higher numbers this year, according to the analysis.

Leaders from both parties have played up the consequences of the 2018 midterm elections, with officials on both sides casting Election Day as a referendum, not only on Trump, but on the direction of the country.

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