Florida Republicans have added about 200,000 more voters than Democrats since 2012, when President Barack Obama carried the state by less than 1 percent of the vote, according to new registration statistics released Friday.
But the most dramatic change in Florida’s voter rolls over the last four years may be the increase in Hispanic voters — many of whom aren’t registered with either major party. The share of Hispanic voters in the state has increased from 13.9 percent in 2012 to 15.7 percent now.
Polls show Hispanics favoring Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump by a lopsided margin.
The Florida Division of Elections released final statistics Friday on voters eligible for the Nov. 8 general election. The state now has 12,863,773 voters — nearly 1 million more than in 2012.
There are nearly 4.9 million Democrats, or 37.9 percent of the electorate. There are nearly 4.6 million Republicans, or 35.4 percent. More than 3 million Floridians, or 24 percent, are registered with no party affiliation and the remainder are registered with minor parties.
Republicans have added 304,320 voters since the 2012 election and Democrats have added 95,771. Obama carried Florida by only 74,309 votes or 0.9 percent in 2012.
Since Aug. 1, however, Democrats have outpaced Republicans in registrations. Democratic registrations actually declined from the 2012 election to August of this year. But the party added 187,028 voters between Aug. 1 and Oct. 18, which was the last day to register for the Nov. 8 general election. Republicans added 118,911 registrations after Aug. 1.
There are now more than 2 million Hispanic voters in Florida, up from 1.7 million in 2012. Black voters increased to 1.7 million from 1.6 million over the last four years, but the percentage of voters who are black declined from 13.5 percent to 13.4 percent.
White, non-Hispanic voters make up 64.2 percent of the Florida electorate now, down from 66.5 percent in 2012.