Libertarian Voter Registration up Hundreds of Percent in Nebraska

Here in Indiana (home base for the LTC), a voter cannot register by party. If you SAY you are a member of a party, you are one. The closest one comes is if you vote in a closed-party primary for the R’s or D’s (L’s excluded). But there are some fantastic numbers for new registered L’s out of the LP of Nebraska that are shades of what is happening in other states. Thanks to Nebraska Chair David Hunt for providing these numbers.

Registered Voters by Party, Statewide (Total Population – 1,842,641):

Party October 2008 August 2012 % of Change
Republican  558,465 549,920 –  1.53%
Democrat 392,943 367,963 –  6.36%
Nebraska 8,625 0 –  100.00%
Green 1,041 0 –  1.53%
Nonpartisan   195,507 221,952 + 13.53%
Libertarian   453 2,503 + 452.54%

Registered Voters by Party, Douglas County (Omaha) (Total Population – 408,958):

Party October 2008 August 2012 % of Change
Republican  123,505 123,076 –  0.35%
Democrat 127,158 123,813 –  2.63%
Nebraska 3,048 0 –  100.00%
Green 333 0 –  1.53%
Nonpartisan   61,069 71,372 + 16.87%
Libertarian   174 851 + 389.08%
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Chris Spangle is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. Spangle previously worked in marketing for the Englehart Group on behalf of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also served as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and producer of the Abdul in the Morning Show. He now works as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.

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