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High Turnout, but Fewer Registered Voters


Poll manager Matt Townsend waits on the porch for voters in the US Democratic presidential primary at a country store in Latta, South Carolina January 26, 2008. (Reuters).

By Alice Crites
While more than 55,000 new voters were registered in South Carolina in the few months before the January 2008 primaries, voter registration numbers are actually down in the state by over 200,000 since the 2006 elections.

The South Carolina State Election Commission conducted a "confirmation mailing" in the fall of 2007, sending postcards to voters who have not voted in an election for two general election cycles, or approximately 4 years.

Those not responding were removed from the active voting lists. In 2006, there were 2,452,714 registered to vote in South Carolina -- but, as of January 16, 2008, that number was down to 2,246,242.

That number is still higher than the number registered before the 2004 primaries, however. There were 2,157,442 registered to vote before the 2004 Democratic Primary and 2,315,182 registered to vote by the 2004 general election.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 26, 2008; 6:38 PM ET
Categories:  In Case You Missed It , Primaries , The Democrats  
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