Â Â More than a half million people have registered to vote in New York since march, according to new figures from the state Board of Elections. As of Thursday, 11.9 million New Yorkers were registered, 4 percent higher than on March 1.
Â Â The ranks of Democrats and unaffiliated voters both increased 5 percent, statistics show. Democrats’ enrollment rose 306,803 to 5.7 million. There are 2.5 million unaffiliated voters, a jump of 134,764. The number of peopleÂ who registered as Republicans rose 1 percent to 3 million.
Â Â Some minor parties had a significant number of new registrants. There are about 393,000 people enrolled as Independence Party members, a 10 percent jump. There are 1,528 Libertarians in the state, up from 1,175, andÂ 40,203 Working Families Party voters, an increase of 6 percent.
Â Â The deadline for new registration was last week. People who are honorably discharged from the military or who have become naturalized citizens since Oct. 10 have until Oct. 24 to register. Change of address forms were due by Wednesday in order to be eligible to vote next month.