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Saturday, September 25, 2004

Democratic voter registration up in FL, OH 

The NY Times reports on new voter registration efforts in FL and OH,

Voters do not give a party affiliation when they register in Ohio, but The Times looked at the voting history of ZIP codes to gauge the political inclinations of the new voters.

In rock-ribbed Republican areas - 103 ZIP codes, many of them rural and suburban areas, that voted by two to one or better for George W. Bush in 2000 - 35,000 new voters have registered, a substantial increase over the 28,000 that registered in those areas in the first seven months of 2000. The Ohio Republican party said it was pleased with the results.

But in heavily Democratic areas - 60 ZIP codes mostly in the core of big cities like Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and Youngstown that voted two to one or better against Mr. Bush - new registrations have more than tripled over 2000, to 63,000 from 17,000.

In Florida, where The Times was able to analyze data from 60 of the state's 67 counties, new registrations this year also are running far ahead of the 2000 pace, with Republican areas trailing Democratic ones. In the 150 ZIP codes that voted most heavily for Mr. Bush, 96,000 new voters have registered this year, up from 86,000 in 2000, an increase of about 12 percent.

But in the heaviest of Democratic areas, 110 ZIP codes that gave two-thirds or more of their votes to Al Gore, new registrations have increased to 125,000 from 77,000, a jump of more than 60 percent.

Condensed, that is:

Although the article is mainly about voter registration efforts, I was disappointed a numbers for new voter registration by party affiliation was not given for Florida - a state that does register voters as members of a party. But the news from Ohio was really good. At the Democratic Convention, Ohio's nomination was called first, which was taken to mean by many that Kerry intends to win Ohio.

The NY Times has a nifty interactive graphic showing information about all national races as well as campaign money.

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