by Dr. Andy Jackson
Director of the Civitas Center for Public Integrity, John Locke Foundation
How did voter registration in North Carolina change in 2022? What can we expect for voter registration in the state in 2023 and beyond?
Let’s find out using the John Locke Foundation’s Voter Registration Changes page.
Here are the party registration changes for 2022:
County election boards across North Carolina will soon begin biennial list maintenance, removing inactive voter registrations from the roles. As the name suggests, it is done every two years around January of odd-numbered years.
Hundreds of thousands of registrations will be removed over the next several weeks. In 2021, the last year of biennial list maintenance in North Carolina, there was a net decline of 124,684 Democrats and 64,178 Republicans. Those numbers include new registrations, so the number of removed registrations was greater. We should expect similar declines in 2023.
Republicans have outgained Democrats in registrations (or lost fewer in list maintenance years) every year since the first Obama election in 2008. While that can change, Republicans are on pace to overtake Democrats by 2029 if the registration trends from the past twelve years continue for the next six.
Unaffiliated registrations surpassed Republicans in 2016 and Democrats last year to become the plurality registration in North Carolina.