Voter Rolls Grow

Data here.

larger, more diverse Georgia electorate will be eligible to vote in next month’s general election than any in the state’s history.

Monday was the registration deadline in Georgia to be able to vote Nov. 4. And while the final numbers aren’t in yet, it’s clear that state voter registration rolls have swelled.

As of Oct. 1, there are more than 406,000 new voters this year alone, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. That’s a 9 percent jump from the same period leading to the 2004 presidential contest.

My understanding is that there is a shift, but it is not dramatic. Here are the actual shifts:

Today, whites make up 63.5 percent of the state’s electorate. That’s down from 68.1 percent four years ago. In 2004, blacks made up 27.7 percent of the electorate and now that has inched upward to 29.2 percent.


  1. odinseye2k says:

    Gotta keep an eye on those turnout numbers, too. IIRC, in 2004, blacks were underrepresented (as a percentage of voters from the percentage of registration) by about four or five percent.

    I think it was like 28 percent registered, and 21 percent actual votes.

  2. umustbekidding says:

    They drop people from the rolls due to death?
    I thought those people just voted absentee. 😉

  3. Three Jack says:

    wonder if these numbers include the 441 dekalb county inmates registered and given absentee ballots by ‘volunteers’ yesterday?

  4. Three Jack says:

    the gop needs a voter registration drive at local unemployment offices where good republicans are now hanging out after being laid off.

  5. Doug Deal says:


    I will put it in Simonese… (or is that “Simonize”)

    If you start out drinking 1 beer and hour, but each hour you increase the number of beers an hour by 1, your rate of change of beer is 1 beer an hour*.

    Then, at the 10th hour, instead of drinking 10, you drink 10.05 beers, that would be a five percent increase in the rate of change in your beer drinking.

    * this practice is not recommended by the author.

  6. Icarus says:

    *Icarus has no problem with this practice. Although I would only have to assume the drinker would be at work or church during the first couple of hours, to explain the low drinking rate of 1 or 2 beers/hour.

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