The roll of active voters registered in Nevada has swelled by 73,119 since January with more than a third of that increase — 25,277, coming in April alone.
Democrats have out-registered Republicans by a margin of nearly 2:1 so far this calendar year, adding 40,464 to the list compared to 23,863 Republicans. As of April, they had a registration advantage of 64,635 voters — 511,806 to 447,171.
The advantage is even larger when total voter registration is considered — 103,031 with 616,025 Democrats compared to 512,994 Republicans.
But more than 10,000 of those Democrats added to the active roll were voters who were registered but listed as inactive until April.
Voters become inactive when they fail to return a mailer registration card affirming they are still living in Nevada or because they failed to vote in the last couple of elections.
The inactives are still allowed to vote on election day simply by showing some proof they are still living where they are registered.
The increases posted by Nevada’s minor parties were comparatively small.
Total registration in the state increased by 52,035 since January counting both active and inactive voters. That total is now 1,521,535, 1,277,024 of them on the active roll.
In Churchill County, the number of registered voters has increased to 6,876 Republicans and 2,401 Democrats. The county has a total of 11,635 registered voters.
Statewide, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said a hair more than 40 percent of those registered are Democrats and just about 35 percent are Republicans.
The deciding factor in most elections is who the non-partisan voters vote for since the state is 19 percent non-partisan at 241,735 registered voters.
The deadline to register to vote in the June primary election is May 22. The deadline to register online or by mail is May 12. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 5.
The primary election is set for June 12.