Saturday, September 06, 2008

Registrations Up

Numbers that can only help Democrats:

Democrats have gotten more new registrants in all states for which Scott could find data except for Alaska. In some cases, they have outregistered Republicans by considerable margins. Highlights (numbers are voters added between the first and second dates):

Colorado, Jan-July 2008: 13,352 Republicans, 66,516 Democrats, 23,437 other.

Florida, Jan.-June 2008: 77,196 Republicans, 209,422 Democrats, 26,100 other.

Iowa: Jan. - Aug. 2008: 7,515 Republicans, 69,301 Democrats, -62,922 other.

Nevada: Jan. - Aug. 2008: 1,230 Republicans, 51,547 Democrats, 7,550 other.

North Carolina: Jan. - Aug. 2008: 20,363 Republicans, 171,955 Democrats, 123,605 other.

Oregon: Jan. - July 2008: -13,349 Republicans, 122,518 Democrats.

Pennsylvania: April - Aug. 2008: 289 Republicans, 98,137 Democrats.

And in Texas?

Gary Scharrer reports on some very encouraging news on the Texas Politics blog. Texas voter registration is near record levels.

By late Friday afternoon, election officials had already tallied more than 13 million registered voters. The voter registration record of 13.1 million was set for the 2004 presidential election.

Mail delivery of voter registration cards over the past few days have come in boxes weighing 20 to 30 pounds.

How many cards?

"Quite a few," according to elections officials, who don't stop to count them.

They have hired temporary workers to process the voter registration cards.

Of course the presidential race is affecting this but it is also being enabled by massive efforts by the coordinated campaigns in the major counties. And I don't doubt that increased voter registration helps Democrats as voters who typically vote our way are unregistered in greater numbers (minorities, students, etc).

Good news.

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