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%)
Michael B Elvale August 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
C'mon Michael dont dangle the carrot. Lets hear it...... let the truth be told...c'mon dont hold back....
Diana August 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
He could tell you, but then he'd have to kill you. You simply can't imagine the vast diabolical conspiracy. Forget it Mike, it's Malden.
Michael B Elvale August 06, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I guess I'll have to wait for the book....
Bruce August 06, 2012 at 02:59 AM
None of this matters until we have a 0 party system, you can make certain campaign contributions illegal, political parties should be too. .
Michael G August 06, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I agree
Michael G August 06, 2012 at 07:57 AM
I think I worded some of my comments the wrong way. I did not get to the raw facts. So let me gather it all together and give you all something to look into.
The Dining Dad August 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Unfortunately people vote along party lines and not what is best for them and their country. If they did vote correctly, the republicans would win hands down in November. For Obamas campaign to attack Romney because of where he keeps his bank accounts is laughable. Who cares where his money his, I dont. More power to him with the money he has made in his lifetime. BTW, I am a registered Democrat but I am tired of going backwards and seeing no hope with the current administration. This president wants the entire country to rely on government assistance for everything. I dont see how that helps anyone but the people who dont care about anything and want a free ride on us working slobs. This country needs a president with better people around him, a direction for all of us, and experience as a proven leader.
Michael G August 08, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Ever since I registered to vote I was a Dem. I was even invited into the little Dem group here in Malden. But it was those same people that turned me off to Dems. Then I started to read about staged Obama town hall meeting and saw a familiar face in the mayors office in the middle of that. I then started to see all the promises he made not being followed up on. It reminded me of city politics here in Malden. We need a Mayor with better people around him. Like we need a president with better people around him. Obama is hurting us more then helping. Same thing goes on the current city level. I don't think we should have parties in gov at all.
BostonUrbEx August 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Shouldn't Libertarian (3rd largest party in the country) be included in these figures? Uhm...
Chris Caesar August 08, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I agree. For some reason they were not included in this particular data set; it was nothing personal :)
Diana August 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
While I agree they probably should have been included, "third largest party", while technically true, rather glosses over the fact that there are nearly twice as many registered Republicans in Massachusetts as there are registered Libertarians nationally. Not exactly statistically significant.
lcgrz August 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM
well golly, and here i thought all this time that it was people who voted republican who were voting against their best interests, but as it turns out i was just "voting incorrectly" all this time! i guess you learn something new every day! funny how we hold a double standard when it comes to the notion of taking advantage of the system, i.e. it's okay for the filthy rich guy to not pay his fair share in taxes, yet the poor who rely on government assistance are lazy and apathetic and should be vilified.
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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