Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Democrats Winners in Late Registration, But Republicans Still Ahead

Democrats reduced the August vote gap in voter registration from 110,000 to 70,000 as registration closed in early October.  More than 260,000 people registered or reactivated to vote.

There are 3.560 million registered voters, both active and inactive, which is a new record and exceeds the 2008 total registration by 330,000.

In 2008, the year of Barack Obama’s huge win in Colorado, Republicans exceeded Democratic registration by 12,000 active voters.  In the big Republican year of 2010, they had a 113,000-vote advantage in Colorado.  Their current 70,000-vote advantage in active voters leaves their base vote between the terrible 2008 election and the much more successful 2010.

Among total voters, the largest group today is unaffiliated voters, who exceed the two partisan camps.  They were also the largest bloc in 2008.  Unaffiliated voters tend to vote at a lower rate than partisans.

See:  The Buzz: Republicans still ahead in voter registration

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