Thousands of south Florida voters changed parties after Capitol riot

According to election documents obtained by NBC 6 Investigators through a public records request, 6,003 voters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties officially changed their political affiliation away from the GOP in January and February of this year.

Over that same period, records show 2,986 left the Democratic party.

Hialeah Councilman Paul Hernandez is among those who left the Republican party.

“That one day was the culmination of months of anti-democratic rhetoric,” Hernandez said, adding he began to think about switching parties when then-President Trump did not concede after losing the election.

“I looked at my son and I knew that moment would be a moment that he was going to read about one day and I couldn’t stand the idea of having him ask me about it and having to explain to him in any way, shape, or form, I was aligned with that party,” Hernandez said.