ALBANY – Voter enrollment grew 7 percent between April and November in advance of Election Day on Tuesday, state records show.
New York's voter rolls rose to 11.5 million active voters as the nation prepares to elect its next president and as New Yorkers also vote for congressional and state candidates, as well as elect hopefuls in some local races.
The gap between Democrats and Republicans in New York also expanded: Since April, Democrats added nearly 400,000 voters, a 7.5 percent increase, while Republicans' ranks rose by about 94,000 voters, a 3.6 percent increase.
New York has more than twice as many enrolled Democrats than Republicans: nearly 5.7 million Democrats compared to 2.6 million Republicans.
But the number of so-called "blanks" -- voters not enrolled in any party -- outpaced Democrats and Republicans.
New York now has nearly 2.5 million unaffiliated voters -- a 10 percent increase from April, records released by the state Board of Elections showed.
The increase reflects that a larger number of voters, specifically younger ones, have become disenfranchised by the major parties, said Barbara Bartoletti, the legislative director for the state League of Women Voters.
"Particularly among young voters, they just don't want to deal with any of it," Bartoletti said.
"They want to register to vote because they want to vote, because they know the vote has power, but they don’t want to be part of any political party."
The presidential race between two New Yorkers, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, appears to have largely driven the enrollment hikes.
In the last presidential race, the enrollment increase between April 2012 and November 2012 was 4.3 percent.
In some counties, the increase was substantial: Westchester County's enrollment swelled 8 percent since April, reaching nearly 600,000 voters.
The county added 8 percent more Democrats, bringing the total to 286,000, while Republicans increased by nearly 5 percent -- to 134,000.