A baker's dozen of 'no party' counties: Charlotte follows trend
Charlotte County in southwest Florida just became the 13th Florida county where the total number of registered voters rejecting both major parties now exceeds one of the two major parties.
Figures posted on Supervisor of Elections Paul Stamoulis' website show that "other" voters (mostly those with no party affiliation and a small number belonging to minor parties) now slightly outnumber Democrats. Like its neighboring counties to the south, Lee and Collier, Charlotte is solidly Republican turf where Gov. Rick Scott won handily in 2010 and 2014 and Mitt Romney ran well in 2012.
As more and more Florida voters choose not to align with either party, two more medium-sized counties are nipping on Charlotte's heels. Indian River County on the Treasure Coast and Monroe in the Florida Keys will both see NPA and minor party voters eclipse Democrats sometime in early 2016, if the current trend continues.
NPA and minor party voters outnumber Republicans in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange and Osceola counties, and they outnumber Democrats in Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Lee, Martin, Okaloosa, St. Johns and Santa Rosa.