May 22, 2013
Democrats, Especially, Struggle to Register New Voters
Posted on Oct 3, 2012
A Guardian survey of six swing states finds new voter registration markedly down from 2008 levels, particularly among Democrats. A lack of enthusiasm could be to blame, as could the nationwide effort by Republican-controlled state legislatures to make it more difficult to vote.
Both Democrats and Republicans are failing to match their 2008 numbers, The Guardian reports, but the slide is more obvious on the Democratic side.
New laws, such as those requiring formal identification in order to vote, and the controversy and lawsuits surrounding them, may foster the impression that voting is difficult, which could in turn discourage new voters from participating in the process.
Democrats also face disproportionate roll purges in some states—and then there’s the enthusiasm gap. Neither party’s candidate has generated the same level of excitement as could be detected (in registrations if nowhere else) in 2008.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer. Follow him on Twitter: @peesch.
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