SALT LAKE CITY — Utah residents aren’t hesitating to register as Democrats and Republicans despite an apparent lack of party unity at the national conventions.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2acO9eN ) that the parties are picking up new registered voters ahead of November’s presidential election and several Utahns are abandoning their independent status to become party members.
The significant registration gains have continued even after Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominees. Those candidates finished third and second, respectively, in Utah caucuses.
Weekly registration data tracked by the office of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox shows the number of unaffiliated voters trending downward. Utah Republicans have seen their ranks swell by 62,922 so far this year, while Democrats have gained 25,078 new members in the state.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com