PIERRE | South Dakota passed an electoral milestone this month, as independents topped 100,000 for the first time.

The statewide monthly totals on Oct. 1 were 100,670 independents, 244,793 Republicans, 188,618 Democrats, 1,275 Libertarians, 384 Constitutionalists and six Americans Elect.

Nearly all of the growth in South Dakota’s voter registration came in the independent column during recent years.

Looking back at the 2006 general election, registration numbers were 74,608 independents, 240,101 Republicans, 190,905 Democrats, 1,168 Libertarians and 350 Constitutionalists.

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A Nicer Person

Interesting statistics. Voter apathy at it's worst. When Ind's and Dem's have less than 1/4 representation in Pierre (24 of 105), they can't really complain. Conversely, Rep's cant complain either, since it's their super majority that makes decisions that direct our state.

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