EDITORIAL: The party's over

The country’s two major political parties are dirty words to a growing number of voters across the political spectrum. And the more elected Republicans and Democrats put themselves and their parties before their constituents and their country, the more voter backlash can be expected.

One symptom of that unhappiness: the creation of new political parties. Last week, the secretary of state’s office announced the Constitution Party of Nevada had filed the necessary paperwork to be recognized. As reported Monday by the Review-Journal’s Ed Vogel, the Constitution Party advocates limited government. To place candidates on next year’s ballot, the party must collect more than 10,000 signatures.

By next year, that might prove to be an easy task. Recent registration statistics show voters increasingly moving away from the major parties.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria reports that from Jan. 1 through Tuesday, 1,273 registered voters changed their party affiliation from Democrat to nonpartisan, and that 1,411 switched from Republican to nonpartisan, easily the top two party switches of the year so far.

According to the secretary of state, 2,617 new voters registered last month, and the vast majority of them shunned the major parties. Democrats registered 671, while Republicans registered a dismal total of 224. Nonpartisan status, on the other hand, attracted 1,146 voters, and minor parties logged almost 600 new voters. Statewide, nonpartisan and minor-party voters now number more than 300,000, or about a quarter of active registered voters. That’s up from last year’s election.

With the 2014 general election less than a year away, the major parties should be mindful their appeal is wearing thin.


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