Pa. corrects number of voters who changed parties

04.06.16 | Bob Price

The Department of State has revised the number of voters who changed parties for the April 26 primary election.

From January 1 to April 3, 60,222 voters changed their party affiliation to Democrat, 89,234 changed to Republican and 9,573 to other, according to a department news release.

Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said numbers released last week were incorrect because of a clerical error.

“It came to our attention that the numbers we received from the contractors about voters switching party affiliation included figures from 2015. As soon as we learned that was the case, we took immediate action, reviewed all current and historical datasets and the numbers have now been corrected,” Cortés said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, due to the way our database was created in 2006, some datasets are updated manually which increases the margin of human error as happened in this case”.

The numbers are likely to change as counties continue to process new registrations and updates. Counties have until April 18 to certify voter registration totals.