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Secretary Husted Releases Statewide Data on Voters Who Changed Party Affiliation in 2018

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today released data compiled by his office showing how party affiliation changed among Ohio voters following the 2018 Primary Election.

In Ohio, voters do not register with a political party, but are instead affiliated with a political party by casting a ballot in a partisan primary election. Voters also have the option of remaining unaffiliated by casting an “issues only” ballot. A voter’s political affiliation may be modified by requesting an issues-only ballot or the ballot of a different political party during the next-available partisan primary election cycle.

As of today, there are 7,961,302 registered voters across the Buckeye State. More than half of all registered voters (4,472,604) are unaffiliated, meaning they have either not participated in a partisan primary or cast an issues only ballot. The remaining voters (3,488,698) are affiliated with a political party because they cast a partisan ballot in the last primary election they voted.

The number of voters affiliated with Ohio’s two major political parties and one minor political party all increased in the 2018 Primary Election. Democratic Party affiliated voters grew by 165,432; Republican Party affiliated voters grew by 60,162; and Green Party affiliated voters grew by 3,153.

Across all political parties, 522,987 Ohioans decided to join or switch a party by casting a partisan ballot with a major or minor political party. This includes 430,111 previously unaffiliated voters, 18,967 of which were first-time voters.

Currently in Ohio, there are 1,436,637 voters affiliated with the Democratic Party, up from 1,271,205 prior to May Primary. During the primary election, 61,974 previously Republican Party affiliated voters, 337 previously Green Party affiliated voters, 211,184 previously unaffiliated voters, and 10,787 first-time voters all requested and cast a Democratic Party ballot.

The current number of voters affiliated with the Republican Party is 2,043,219, up from 1,983,057 prior to May Primary. During the primary election, 27,774 previously Democratic Party affiliated voters, 264 previously Green Party affiliated voters, 198,213 previously unaffiliated voters, and 8,037 first-time voters all requested and cast a Republican Party ballot.

Green Party voter affiliations sit at 7,353, up from 4,200 prior to May Primary. During the primary election, 1,297 previously Democratic Party affiliated voters, 896 previously Republican Party affiliated voters, 1,747 previously unaffiliated voters, and 143 first-time voters all requested and cast a Green Party ballot.

Data released today outlines the number of voters statewide who changed their affiliation from one party to another, went from being unaffiliated to affiliated with a political party, or were previously affiliated with a party and are now unaffiliated. The data reflects a snapshot in time for the 2018 Primary Election.

Additional Information
2018 Primary Party Switchers Report
2016 Primary Party Switchers Release and Report (May 2016)

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