Accused gunman had no party affiliation
January 10th, 2011
08:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Accused gunman had no party affiliation

(CNN) - Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner was not registered to any political party, and in fact hand wrote "independent" on two separate voter forms, county officials said Monday.

Pima County, Arizona, Registrar of Voters Chris Roads said Loughner registered to vote on September 26, 2006. Voters are not required to list a political party, but are instructed to write at least the first three letters of any party they want to be affiliated with. The state of Arizona recognizes dozens of affiliations.

Records obtained by CNN show Loughner chose to write IND on one form, and independent (misspelled) on the second form.

Roads said Loughner voted in the general elections in 2006 and 2008, but did not vote in 2010. The county lists his voter status as inactive after mail sent to his address was twice returned as undeliverable.


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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. wompie

    Might not matter completely, but I'm not sure these two are from the same person. The writing style, especially on the a's are completely different. Not to mention that one says Jaren and the other Jared lol.....

    January 11, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. Aaron

    All a lack of party affiliation means is... Well... He didn't have an affiliation. Rhetoric doesn't come in sealed envelopes that only members of one party or the other can see and people can agree with what someone says without being affiliated with that person. I'm indie, but voted for Obama while agreeing with a lot of what McCain had to say.

    January 11, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  3. Phil, Ohio

    ""Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner was not registered to any political party, and in fact hand wrote "independent" on two separate voter forms, county officials said Monday.""

    This voter registration means nothing!
    He did work for her didn't he?
    You people are just digging for anything to try to grab headlines and page-clicks!

    January 11, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  4. Bettye Atkinson

    It doesn't matter what partya person is affiliated with we are saturated with sound bitesfrom all parties everyday. If a person has mental issues it is almost impossible to say motivates him to violence.

    January 11, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  5. Scott C. Palmer (Ind)

    My condolences to all of the victims and families involved.

    In recent years, media outlets have become monopolized by republicans and democrats as a means of keeping 3rd parties and independent candidates from being able to communicate to as-large a viewer/reader audience as republicans and democrats.

    I'm an Independent, i write IND on many emails and letters. I am NOT like Jared Lee Loughner and feel a bit offended that republicans and democrats might use Jared Lee Loughner's IND status as a means of discouraging other u.s. citizens from feeling comfortable deciding to be {independents} and {independent supporters}.

    In the last 10 years republicans and democrats have trashed the {real} retirement earnings of millions of american's, democrats and republicans in congress has spent upwards of $25 Trillion dollars {mostly} all of the large amounts of that $25 Trillion dollars only went to republicans and democrats.

    I feel bad that Jared Lee Loughner did what he did, but after all that i'm not suprised that it happened.

    January 11, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  6. can't handle Vitriol of Obama

    He's a LEFTWING NUT, he's a LIBERAL! He was fixated on Giffords since 2007. He called Giffords "stupid & unintelligent" after meeting her in 2007. That must be when she asked Giffords and answered him in SPANISH which made him ANGRY. Leftwing media, leftwing bloggers, liberals in Congress and Senate plus Hollywood like Jane Fonda OWED Sarah Palin an APOLOGY.

    I'm a Democrat, voted for Obama, I can't stand him anymore. He incite violence with his own words. I regret casting my vote for him. This country is deeply divided, Obama calling anyone who disagree with his liberal ideologies as "enemies" doesn't set well with me, especially some members of my family are conservatives. Should I treat some members of my family who are conservatives as "enemies" because their politics doesn't agree with mine?

    I will NEVER divide my family over political ideology. Between Democrat Party and my family; my family supersedes my political affiliation.

    Goodbye Democrat Party, you've lost me forever.

    January 11, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  7. Eric

    The fact he was not a registered republican or democrat means absolutely nothing. Ascribing to a political ideology and checking a box declaring yourself a member of a party are two different things.

    January 11, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  8. terry

    i do not understand other people they very funny sometime & crazy at time that y don't know that other person

    January 11, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. Richard Saunders

    I'm not sure why this is a news story. Everyone wants to say he did what he did because of political beliefs, but does that make sense for someone who has a history of mental illness? Why are we not talking more about that? Mental illness played a big part of this, not race, party affiation, religion (or lack thereof), or sexual orientation.

    January 11, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  10. hammie

    It doesn't matter what party he is. He is going to have a ball in prison, or two.

    January 11, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  11. Marco555

    No party affiliation? so what does that tell you, we should keep letting crazy people carry guns?

    January 11, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  12. Chris

    Good. Now we can stop politicizing the story, and stop pointing fingers at people who weren't involved in the shooting by any stretch of the imagination, and start worrying about immediate justice.

    January 11, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  13. Dice

    This implies that political affiliation has anything to do with this. This was a deranged man acting out on his delusion-not a political statement. CNN is just fanning the partisan flames with articles like this. Are we that shallow?

    January 11, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  14. Tenika storey

    What does this article prove...nothing! A message of hate was displayed throughout the entire year leading up to the november elections! It is truly sad that something tragic had to happen and now the same people with so much hatred want to say "please let's not point any fingers". Absolutely ridiculous! I will continue to pray for our nation because we need every bit of it! As a nation we must do better!

    January 11, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  15. Anonymous

    i will be praying for all the family

    January 11, 2011 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  16. Frederik Lecot

    The man raving against illiteracy misspelled independent.

    January 11, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  17. Gabe

    Good job. Make accusations first. Then later report the real story.

    January 11, 2011 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  18. Future expat

    It doesn't matter. Once a conservative believes something, he will believe it for the rest of his life. That's why so many of them still believe Iraq had WMDs and that the health care law establishes 'death panels'. I expect to see claims of "he was a Democrat!" years into the future.

    January 11, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  19. GaryB

    Funny, the guy who accused others of being illiterate couldn't spell independent, and didn't know the difference between the words conscious and conscience. It's like the "birthers" and the "death panel" people who think they are somehow smarter than everyone else because they read a chain e-mail filled with lies and half-truths.

    January 11, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  20. Mediaffacado

    The shooter is a conservative, whether he writes independent or otherwise on his voting ticket. The reason? He regurgitated all the same stupid talking points that FOX, Palin, and Limbaugh ever spewed out in his assassination memo and other ramblings...

    January 11, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  21. Name

    This needs to be reported on!! I just watched parker spitzer inteview this guy blaming rush limbah (he said he want targeting rush specifically but he said his name 30times) and this fact wasn't mentioned. Why? You have this information i think you guys want to promote the belief that the conservatives are to blame for this tragedy without out right saying it. Also gun control would not have helped in fact IF GUN LAWS WERE MORE LENIENT AND SOMEONE THERE HAD A GUN ON THEM THERE WOULD B LESS VICTOMS! <3 concerned American

    January 11, 2011 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  22. angellique

    Why would this info be publicized? Something smells fishy. There is too much of a push to isolate his actions from those of the conservative right. If he were listening to a record they would blame the music but an ad with instructions gets overlooked in this case?

    January 11, 2011 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  23. Natch

    "Accused gunman had no party affiliation"

    That being said, how long will it be until the "progressive" elements that instantly turned on the blame machine, accusing everyone from the Tea Party to Sarah Palin of coercing this killer, make a public apology, and admit they were wrong?? How long until they admit they themselves are guilty of the same sort of hatred they only see in others, and publicly confess to it?

    Anyone??? (nothing but crickets chirping)

    January 11, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  24. jaysunstar

    Thank YOU!!!! We can finally put an end to this ridiculous political debate.

    January 11, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  25. Jessica

    I'm a democrat and write Independent on my voter registration. It means nothing. I do this because it's incredibly easy to find out someone's party affiliation (at least in my state) and I'd rather keep it anonymous.

    January 11, 2011 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
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