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Updated Voter Registration Statistics Released

Tim Craig

The number of newly registered voters in Virginia since the start of the year has grown to 148,389, according to the State Board of Elections.

Of those newly registered voters, about 45 percent are under the age of 25.

But the numbers of new registrants appears to be slowing down, at least when it comes to processing the applications.

In January, before Virginia's Feb. 12 primary, about 40,000 people registered for the first time.

There were also about 40,000 new registrants during April and May.

Last month, the board of elections added only 7,000 new voters to their rolls, according to statistics as of July 1.

But Susan S. Pollard, a spokeswoman for the Department of General Services, cautions "there are so many variables when processing these applications" that looking at statistics from any one month may be misleading.

"I don't know if the activity slowed or if the process slowed down because of people taking vacations," Pollard said. "I can say one thing for sure, whether it is a slow down or not, the trend is still staying the same: we have a large percentage of voters under the age of 25 who are registering to vote."

By Tim Craig  |  July 14, 2008; 1:25 PM ET
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