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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Voter registration 185 million, votes cast millions less

Elections, Obama 2008, Voter fraud

Why didn't these people vote? Rush says about 20% of his emailers said they weren t voting Nationwide Voter Registration numbers reached 185 million==up 42 million since 2004 nov 5

ME: in the close states, did voter fraud push state to blue?


The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) released preliminary voter registration numbers from a nationwide survey and showed twenty states reporting record numbers in 2008 and total registration up at least 42 million since 2004.

According to the survey (.pdf), at least 185 million (184,746,883) people were registered to vote in this year's general election, an increase of about 42 million voters since 2004. In 2000, the number of registered voters was estimated to be 129.5 million, according to Census Bureau numbers.

The numbers collected were released November 3, the day before the general election, but do not represent final registration figures since some of the numbers were collected before the state deadlines for registration applications (.pdf). Additionally, many states, overwhelmed by the increase in new voters registering, had not finish processing new voter registration applications by the time these numbers were collected, although voters who submitted an application by their state's deadline were entitled to cast a provisional ballot in the election even though they were not yet on their state's voter roll.

The registration numbers also do not include voters who registered at the polls in states that allow election-day registration. Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming all offer election-day registration. Alaska, Connecticut and Rhode Island have election-day registration for people who want to vote only in the presidential race.

It's unclear if the numbers include voters whose registration status has been challenged under a new federal law that requires states to match the driver's license or Social Security number that new voters provide on their registration application against state motor vehicle records and the Social Security Administration database. Some states, like Florida, flag voters who fail a match, and it's unclear if these voters are included in registration numbers.

North Dakota did not supply any numbers, since the state is the only one that does not require voters to register to cast ballots.

The states with record registration numbers are: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia

California has the largest number of registered voters at 17.3 million. Texas is next with 13.5 million, followed by New York (12 million) and Florida (11.2 million).

Early voter turnout numbers for the 2008 election indicate that about 136.6 million people cast ballots. One expert has estimated that voter turnout will figures will be about 64.1 percent.

In the 2004 presidential election, although 142 million were registered to vote, only 122.3 million people actually voted, which was a record high at the time. In 2000, of the 129.5 million registered voters, only 111 million turned out to vote, according to government figures.

This is the first presidential election in which the National Association of Secretaries of State has collected nationwide registration figures, according to NASS spokeswoman Kay Stimson.

US election: Record voter turnout

Americans have delivered one landslide even before a single vote was counted, turning out in what looked set to be record numbers to pick their 44th president.

Officials expected between 130 million and 140 million people would vote, up from 121 million four years ago.

An electoral official in Virginia Beach, Virginia spoke for many in the hotly contested swing states when he said: "Turnout is off the chart".

Election officials confidently predicted they would hit 65 per cent of those registered – the highest percentage since 1908. In South Dakota, not even a swing state, turnout was predicted at 70 to 75 per cent. In parts of Nevada, election officials claimed turnout could top 80 per cent.

Mike Duhaime, the McCain national field director, said: "We're seeing very heavy turnout all our battleground states. We're monitoring turnout in both Democrat and Republican precincts. It seems to be heavy across the board."

In Chappaqua New York, home of the Clintons, poll worker John Ritch said: "By 7.30am we had as many as we had at noon in 2004." With voter registration numbers up more than seven per cent, more than 27 million had taken advantage of early voting even before election day and many queued for hours before polling stations opened to join them.

In New York voters began lining up at 4am, more than two hours before the polls opened. Queues around the block were common in many states by mid morning, with a further surge towards late afternoon.

With the stakes high, there were reports of dirty tricks and legal battles, as well as what is now customary chaos at American polling stations. Voter intimidation, faulty machines, late poll openings, missing ballot papers and even the rain brought problems.

Police in Philadelphia were called to a polling booth where two members of the black power group the Black Panthers guarded the door, one of them armed with a knight stick, intimidating voters. One of the men was told to leave.

Rick Leventhal, the voter who called the police said that one of the men told him: "A black man is going to win the election. We're tired of white supremacy." In Pontiac, Michigan, Republican operatives told blacks queuing to vote that they would be fined if they were not on voter rolls. They were sent packing by union officials.

Observers elsewhere in Pennsylvania complained of "pandemonium" where Republican poll watchers, whose job is to monitor the integrity of the voting, were apparently removed from polling sites in direct violation of a recent state court ruling.

In New Hampshire the State Republican Committee went to court complaining that their poll workers were kept away from new voter registration tables, making it impossible for them to check that people were properly registered.

In Virginia, both Republicans and Democrats launched lawsuits. John McCain's campaign demanded a 10 day extension to the counting of absentee ballots to ensure all overseas military ballots are counted. A judge rejected Democrat calls for more voting machines to cope with higher turnout in black areas. There were accusations that people were voting multiple times.

In several states, election officials ruled that anyone in line when the polls close would be allowed to vote, causing the counts to drag on for hours.

In Ohio, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds, Democratic voters in Toledo reported receiving automated robocalls designed to keep them at home. The calls warned that voting lines were long and that they could express their preference using their telephone key pad instead.

In Florida, where officials have fought to escape their reputation as an international laughing stock after the Bush-Gore recount debacle eight years ago, there were still problems, with papers rejected by the counting machines when voters failed to fill in details on the reverse of their ballots.

Electoral officials were unable to set up a polling station at a church in Tallahassee, the state capital, because they couldn't wake up the pastor. A sheriff's deputy had to drive up to his house and blast his car siren to wake him up.

There was also evidence of voter fraud. Tampa resident Michael Baccich, 57, was one of several voters who arrived to vote only to be told that he had already cast an absentee ballot.

Voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio were only given half a ballot paper, causing their votes to be void. New voting machines also went down in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Cleveland, Ohio.

A blast of rain sweeping up the East coast disrupted voting in Virginia and North Carolina, key election bellwethers. In Chesapeake County, Virginia, voters drenched in the squall were asked to dry off first after their optical vote scanner was unable to read damp ballot papers. Thousands had their wet papers quarantined in separate bins while they dried out before officials scanned them in again.



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