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Percentage of independent voters climbs in Mass.

February 27, 2012
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BOSTON—The number of independent voters in Massachusetts is continuing to grow as enrollment in the state's two major parties shrinks.

The latest figures released by Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office shows the number of voters not enrolled in any party -- so-called "independent voters" -- has topped 52 percent.

That's up from 2004, when slightly less than half of all Massachusetts voters were independent.

The independent voters seem be drawn from the ranks of Democrats and Republicans. Both parties have seen their percentage of Massachusetts voters steadily erode.

In 2004, Democrats accounted for more than 37 of all voters. That number has dipped by more than a full percentage point.

Republicans has also seen their percentage of voters drop from nearly 13 percent in 2004 to just over 11 percent this year.

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