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New registered Democrats widen party’s voter advantage over GOP in Nevada

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Christopher DeVargas

Stephanie DeJesus, at right, helps a voter fill out a registration form outside the E. Saraha DMV, Friday Sept. 12, 2014. DeJesus is a field registrar for Mi Familia Vota, a non-partisan organization that encourages civic engagement among the Hispanic community.

Republicans are trailing Democrats in active voter registrations by almost another 2,000 people, according to new numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Democrats have been reversing months of lost ground from earlier this year, when their advantage dipped to just over 59,000 active registered voters. The party now has over 68,000 more active registered voters than Republicans, according to August data from Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office.

Voter registrations tend to increase heading toward an election, and Democrats typically have lower turnout in midterm years. Experts consider Nevada a purple state, with a Republican governor, Democratic state Legislature, and both parties represented in the House and Senate in D.C.

Less than a third of the state’s active voters are unaffiliated with the two major parties, with nonpartisans representing most of that group. Nonpartisan active registered voters increased by 2.7 percent in August to nearly 320,000.

Statewide, the number of active registered voters increased by more than 1.8 percent, roughly 6,000 short of a total of 1.5 million.