It matters little thanks to the state’s open primary system, but a Sunday report from Gannett’s Mike Hasten reveals that the state’s 2.86 million registered voters belong to more than 200 political parties, including the Jedi, Honest, In Between and Private parties among others.
Hasten also notes several other amusing party affiliations, such as the 20 Banana Party members and the three “rocking” Aerosmith Party members who reside in our great state.
Sailor Jackson, director of communications for the secretary of state’s office, tells Hasten that 83 percent of eligible voters in Louisiana are registered, which makes Louisiana one of the top five states in the country for voter registration:
Jackson says factors outside Louisiana are influencing that and the noticeable rise in “others” has been steady since 2009.
“I think it is becoming more popular because of the frustration with the parties as they function in Washington,” he said. “You can see it in the numbers of voters that are registering as ‘other.’”
Political and social stances are common statements.
Louisiana has 12 registered Communists, one Marxist, three Socialist USA members, nine ChrstnSocialists , five Dem Socialists, two Anarchy, two National Socia, one Black Panther, one Monarchist, one Minimalist and a Discordian.
Some registrants could have had problems spelling the names of their selected parties or the deviation could have been deliberate, considering there are 451 voters registered as Indenpendent, one as Ndependent and 59 registered as Lilbertarian.
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