Democrats increase edge in county voter registration
The Democratic Party has increased its margin as the majority party in Delaware County.
As of Tuesday, there were 386,696 registered voters in Delaware County. Democrats (171,188) outnumbered Republicans (168,941) by 2,247. There were 46,567 voters registered without affiliation or to another party.
The deadline for registering for the May 20 primary election was April 21.
Delaware County had long been a Republican stronghold, but Democrats first surpassed the GOP last September.
However, the Democrats’ new majority did not bring them any victories in the county election last November. The Republicans swept a county slate that included two county council seats and two seats on the Court of Common Pleas. The election cycle also included the county sheriff, register of wills and controller.
Delaware County has seen a surge in Democratic registration within the last decade.
In 2002, the county had 327,453 registered voters – 196,614 Republicans and 99,296 Democrats. That continued an uptick from the previous decade. The county had 218,774 Republicans and 82,783 Democrats among 324,241 registered voters in 1992.
While the Democratic and Republican parties dominate political affiliation, registration numbers show county residents who claim to be affiliated with the following parties: Birthday, Bull Moose, Communist, Fascist, Good Neighbor, Halloween, Indepent (sic), Jedi, Natural Law, No Longer In Use, Pirate Party of the United States, S.Q.U.I.D., Whig and Wild.