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Democrats Outnumber Republicans in Malden More than 7 to 1

When it comes to party enrollment, how does Malden compare to its neighbors?

With Democrats representing Malden in both state and U.S. houses and senates, we already know how the city likes to vote. But just how strong are Malden's loyalties to the Democratic Party?

We looked at more current voter registration numbers compiled by the Massachusetts Secretary of State in February of this year, just before the March 6 presidential primaries to find out.

According to the data, 44.8 percent of Malden's voters are registered Democrats, compared to just 6.1 percent registered Republicans. 

While that's greater than a 7 to 1 margin, there are more unenrolled voters than either group, comprising 48 percent of the city's registered voters. 

It isn't all that unusual: in Massachusetts as a whole, unenrolled voters represent the largest chunk. 52.2 percent of voters across Massachusetts aren't registered with a political party.

See how Malden's numbers compare to communities nearby:

Town Total voters Democrat (% total) Republican (% total) Green-Rainbow (% total) Unenrolled (% total) Arlington 28,941 13,641 (47.1%) 2128 (7.3%) 40 (0.1%) 13,039 (54%) Boston 352,112 194,673 (55.2%) 23,722 (6.7%) 536 (0.1%) 131,726 (37.4%) Cambridge 61,298 35,785 (58.3%) 2842 (4.6%) 223 (0.4%) 22,162 (36.1%) Chelsea 12,827 6969 (54.3%) 796 (6.2%) 11 (0.08%) 4983 (38.8%) Everett 18,591 9447 (50.8%) 960 (5.1%) 13 (0.07%) 8082 (43.4%) Lynnfield 9069 1946 (21.4%) 1765 (19.4%) 3 (0.03%) 5319 (58.6%) Malden 28,927 12,963 (44.8%) 1773 (6.1%) 35 (0.1%) 14,023 (48.4%) Medford 34,773 15,738 (45.3%) 2,493 (7.1%) 49 (0.1%) 16,348 (47%) Melrose 18,720 6623 (35.3%) 2207 (11.7%) 11 (0.06%) 9796 (52.3%) Reading 16,989 5279 (31%) 2710 (15.9%) 10 (0.06%) 8919 (52.5%) Revere 24,410 11,829 (48.4%) 1855 (7.6%) 17 (0.04%) 10,617 (43.4%) Saugus 17,295 5857 (33.8%) 1718 (9.9%) 11 (0.06%) 9636 (55.7%) Somerville 43,632 23,553 (53.9%) 1967 (4.5%) 140 (0.3%) 17,776 (40.7%) Stoneham 14,678 4916 (33.4%) 1609 (10.9%) 11 (0.07%) 8079 (55%) Wakefield 16,501 5123 (31%) 2037 (12.3%) 13 (0.07%) 9245 (56%) Winchester 14,820 4493 (30.3%) 2146 (14.4%) 10 (0.06%) 8123 (54.8%) Winthrop 11,133 4553 (40.8%) 951 (8.5%) 10 (0.09%) 5583 (50.1%) Woburn 24,648 9041 (18.2%) 2610 (10.5%) 14 (0.05%) 12,853 (52.1%) Massachusetts 4,111,128 1,475,879 (35.9%) 466,431 (11.35%) 5103 (0.12%) 2,145,108 (52.2%)
lcgrz August 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM
to my knowledge, libertarian is not an option on massachusetts' voter registration form, thus it's omission.
Mark August 11, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Democrats are slowly revealing themselves as the Communist they are. If you are a registered Democrat you belong to the Communist Party. Ed Markey is a member of the Congressional Progressive Congress. Guess who their "Whip" is? Yep, Hank "Guam will Capsize" Johnson. Now their is a congress critter with an IQ in single digits.
david mokal August 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I vote Independent which they call somethin else.
BostonUrbEx August 14, 2012 at 03:00 PM
It is on the registration form. Though some research revealed it is a "designation" and not a "party". There's the three parties listed (dem, rep, green), unenrolled, and multiple designations. But I believe Libertarians may be the only designation shown on the registration form.
Gene Pinkham August 14, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I sent out letters to 1,000 Registered Republicans in Malden in 2004. Two thirds came back Undeliverable. That means they moved out of Malden after the 2002 election.

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