Back in June, we told you about an attempt by Georgia’s Democrats to turn the Peach State blue by registering 300,000 African American voters.
And in the June 18th edition of the Peach Pundit Daily (Subscribe Here), we told you why the plan wouldn’t work:
Jon Richards examines the claim that if Democrats register all Georgia’s African-Americans the state will turn blue. Interesting stuff, likely impossible, and something the Democrats say, but never do. If you doubt us, consider this: The last day to register and be eligible to vote in the general election in November is October 6. That’s 80 weekdays from today, and to hit their goal Democrats would have to register 3,750 new African Americans every day between now and then, and turn them out to vote a month later. If they haven’t already started, they can’t pull it off. And they haven’t, so they won’t.
It looks like we were right. The Georgia Secretary of State’s office released the final count of eligible voters for the 2014 General Election, and while more black voters were registered since March 1st than white voters, the number is nowhere near 300K. Here are the details:
Current eligible voters: 6,038,372
2012 eligible voters: 6,077,554
2010 eligible voters: 5,795,536
Breakdown of new eligible voters since 3/1/14
Total new eligible voters: 183,416
White: 61,779 (33.68%)
African American: 67,500 (36.8%)
Hispanic: 7,550 (4.12%)
Asian: 5,094 (2.78%)
Other: 3,865 (2.11%)
Unknown: 37,628 (20.52%)
Despite registering new voters in the two years following the 2012 election, the number eligible dropped by some 39,182 people.
In a related item. Walter Jones with Morris News is reporting that the Secretary of State’s office says that all of the voter registration applications submitted by the New Georgia Project have been processed:
Kemp said county registrars have indeed dealt with every application submitted by the New Georgia Project in time for them to participate in early voting, except for about 6,500 that have obvious errors or the roughly 9,500 that are pending resolution of a discrepancy between the application and existing government databases.
“There are no lost voter-registration applications. Every single one that met the deadline has been processed,” he said Sunday evening in a debate organized by the Atlanta Press Club.