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.