Voter Registration Continues to Favor Republicans in 2012

The voter registration advantage President Obama had in 2008 was staggering.  Today that advantage continues to shrink month by month.  The latest from Reuters:

Massive voter drives across the country in 2008 helped put millions of people aged 18 to 29 on voting rolls. That age group – which makes up roughly one-quarter of the U.S. electorate – voted 2-to-1 for Democratic President Barack Obama then, helping to propel him to victory over Republican John McCain.

Nice biased phrasing of popular voter ID laws and voter fraud prevention:

This year, campaigns and civic groups have faced challenges in signing up voters because of laws passed largely by Republicans who took control of legislatures in 20 states after the 2010 elections. Besides limits on voter registration, the laws also have included requirements that voters produce a photo ID and limits on early-voting periods aimed at helping working-class people cast ballots if they can’t get to the polls on Election Day.

Republican advantages

The Florida Times Union has said 11,365 people registered as Democratic voters in the 13 months that ended at the end of August, compared with an average of 209,425 for the same periods before the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. Meanwhile, 128,039 Republicans have registered in the state over the past 13 months, up from an average of 103,555 in the same period in 2004 and 2008, the newspaper said.

Historic trends

Democrats tend to focus much more heavily than Republicans on recruiting new voters, and groups such as the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote aim at low-income and minority citizens who may not know how to register or young people who have never voted. Republicans, on the other hand, traditionally rely on their supporters to register on their own. Party activists work mostly on getting registered Republicans to show up at the polls.

Democrats behind the 8-ball

“The last few weeks people have started to pay attention” to the election, said [Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote,], whose group registered a record 2.25 million young voters nationally in 2008 and has a lower target this year, 1.5 million. “We have a lot of ground to make up.”

2 Comments

  1. iamatexan
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just found your website and appreciate the articles and your concise analysis on the polling. I will definitely be recommending to others.

    • Posted September 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the kind words. Keep fighting the good fight. Most of all, make sure you share it with battleground State friends. Romney needs their vote 😉

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