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by Daily Voice
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Blue State Is Registering More Blue Voters Every New York Minute

As New York state turns more Democratic, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pondering a race for the White House.
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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, far left, waiting outside St. Patrick's Cathedral to greet Pope Francis alongside U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also Democrats.
New York registered Democrats already outnumber registered Republicans by more than 2-to-1 statewide. A Daily Voice examination of active voter rolls shows 10 voters have registered as Democrats to every one Republican between November and February.

What does it mean? We may not know the full impact, if any, until the presidential primary or general elections in 2020.

But one thing is certain: There have been more active voters registering as Democrats in New York state since the November election than active voters registering as  Republicans.

A Daily Voice examination of statewide active voter registration numbers between November and February found that Democrats have been out-registering Republicans in New York state by an almost 10-1 margin since the last general election.  

New York registered Democratic voters already outnumber registered Republican voters by more than 2-to-1 statewide, making the Empire State a so-called solid Blue State. States with a majority of Republican voters are commonly called Red States.

Active voting rolls do not include so-called "inactive voters" whose names have been purged from voting rolls by county Boards of Election for various reasons like moving or death.

These trends also did not include third-party or independent voters -- those who don't declare an affiliation or preference to register as a Republican or Democrat.

In Westchester County, between 2014 and today, there are about 34,000 more Democrats enrolled as active voters. Meanwhile, there are about 1,000 fewer Republican voters in Westchester today than five years ago.

While political party enrollment totals in New York state might not mean much to President Donald Trump's re-election chances, they could matter in choosing a challenger among the current slate of 21 Democratic Party candidates, according to observers from both major parties.

And it may be another litmus test of President Trump's popularity, or lack thereof, among New Yorkers.

On Thursday, May 2, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will announce this month whether he is joining the rapidly expanding field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president.  A Quinnipiac University poll last month found that 76 percent of New York City voters don't want de Blasio to seek the Democratic nomination for president. 

Trump, a Republican, is a native of Queens and owns property in Westchester.

De Blasio, who is term-limited and must find a new job after 2021, denied he would run to raise his profile and secure a job in another Democrat's administration.

"I have never run for anything without intending to win," de Blasio said. "And you can look at my track record. I was an underdog in everything I've ever been near."

De Blasio called the growing crop of potential primary rivals "extraordinarily rich," adding, "If you don't like the way the field looks on Monday, wait a day or two and it will change."

Month-by-month statewide voter registration totals -- broken down by political party affiliation -- can be found by clicking here.