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Voter registration down in South Dakota, but independents up

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The number of South Dakota registered voters is down, but independents have increased since 2008.

Independent voters are up 7.5 percent since the 2008 general election to 88,726.

Overall, registered voters are down 3.2 percent, or 16,841 statewide, with drops coming for both Democrats and Republicans,

Republican registration is down 4,622 voters, or about 2 percent. Democratic registration dropped 18,372 voters, or about 9 percent.

South Dakota Voice of Independents founder Kim Wright says that voters from both parties are disenfranchised and are finding that their parties are becoming so divisive that it seems like the message is becoming more and more fringe.

She says it isn't about being in the middle, but about not being able to identify with the extreme issues.

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