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  •  Here (2+ / 0-)
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    Stephen Wolf, MichaelNY

    This website looks like it has all the information you need.  Here's a list of states that register by party and those that do not:

    Yes

    Alaska
    Arizona
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Dakota
    Utah
    West Virginia
    Wyoming

    No

    Alabama
    Arkansas
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    North Dakota
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Washington
    Wisconsin

    Party registration would be an interesting topic for a diary.  I think there may be a correlation between political party strength and party registration.  The states with biggest Democratic Party registration advantages are West Virginia, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Louisiana.  I think the Dem party would be a lot stronger in the south today if all southern states had party registration, as they would likely all have large Democratic voter registration advantages, as well.  Louisiana has a large Democratic advantage, by about 25 points.  LA is a unique case, though, where that does not help Democrats because of the open primary system.  North Carolina has about a 12 point Dem advantage, and Florida 5 points (however in Florida most of that advantage actually comes from the conservative panhandle and not liberal areas of South Florida).  KY & WV both are 20-30 points, I think.  Oklahoma had a slight Dem registration advantage before 2010 but I think that is gone now.  But my point is Democrats have a lot more staying power in areas where they have registration advantages.  Democrats still dominate local and state offices in Eastern KY and Southern WV but in Southwestern VA where there is no party registration, they have fallen through the floor since 2008.  Coal counties in SW VA even have Republican sheriffs now.

    •  Yeah local strength especially (2+ / 0-)
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      psychicpanda, MichaelNY

      with offices like Sheriff. I know that many of the Florida panhandle counties that voted over 2/3rds for Romney have far over 2/3rds of registered voters registered as Democrats which is hilariously sad. Unlike West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky where it's understandable that coal causes them to ticket split, why the hell are these folks still registered as Republicans aside from path dependence? If I'm the state party the first thing I do is go start a registration campaign there so that you can start to pick up all of the local offices.

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