Oregon voters switch party affiliation

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Data shows nonaffiliated Oregon voters changed party status for the 2016 elections.

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Data from the Oregon Secretary of State shows roughly 20,500 voters this year have switched to one of the three parties that can select a presidential candidate in the May contest. That’s almost three times the number of voters who made a switch during the same timeframe in the 2008 presidential election.

Of this year’s figure, about 16,670 registered as Democrats, 3,200 as Republicans and 700 as Independents.

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