NJ voter registrations near 2008 highs

May 18, 2009 10:19:26 AM PDT
The interest in last year's presidential has given this year's candidates for governor in New Jersey more voters to try to reach. The state Division of Elections says 5.2 million voters were registered in time to participate in the June 2 primary.

That's near last year's record high of 5.3 million.

There are nearly 1.8 million Democrats and more than 1 million Republicans. The Republican number is up by 21 percent from the last gubernatorial primary four years ago. Democratic registrations are 55 percent higher.

The number of independents has shrunk.

Unaffiliated voters can participate in the primaries by declaring a party any time before they vote. But it's too late for those already in a party to switch.

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