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Voter registrations up in county, state as election nears

Pulaski County registered 1,070 new voters this year, and the state racked up 436,155 new registrants in time to vote in the presidential election in November.
Pulaski County Registrar Kathy Webb said 21,373 local citizens are registered to vote in the upcoming election.
That is 742 more voters than were registered for the last presidential election in 2004.
Statewide, registrations passed the 5 million mark for the first time this year, with 5,021,993 voters on the registration books.
According to Associated Press, State Board of Elections (SBE) officials said, “It is by far the largest jump in voter registration” the state has recorded.
While voter registration in the state grew 11.1 percent between 2007 and 2008, State Board of Elections’ records show the increase between 2003 and 2004 (the last presidential election year) was only 7.1 percent.
Locally, registration increased by 5.2 percent between last year and this year, compared to a 3.7 percent increase from 2003 to 2004.
The Associated Press also reports that 40 percent of the new registrants this year have been younger than 25 and 20 percent ranged from 25 to 35.
While 20,633 residents were registered in Pulaski County in 2004, only 19,392 cast votes in the November election that year, according to data on the State Board of Elections’ web site, www.sbe.virginia.gov.
Statewide in 2004, 4,179,304 of the 4,517,980 registered voters cast their ballots.
The SBE is encouraging those who qualify to consider voting via absentee ballot. For more information, see the SBE web site.
The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Voter registrations up in county, state as election nears

Pulaski County registered 1,070 new voters this year, and the state racked up 436,155 new registrants in time to vote in the presidential election in November.
Pulaski County Registrar Kathy Webb said 21,373 local citizens are registered to vote in the upcoming election.
That is 742 more voters than were registered for the last presidential election in 2004.
Statewide, registrations passed the 5 million mark for the first time this year, with 5,021,993 voters on the registration books.
According to Associated Press, State Board of Elections (SBE) officials said, “It is by far the largest jump in voter registration” the state has recorded.
While voter registration in the state grew 11.1 percent between 2007 and 2008, State Board of Elections’ records show the increase between 2003 and 2004 (the last presidential election year) was only 7.1 percent.
Locally, registration increased by 5.2 percent between last year and this year, compared to a 3.7 percent increase from 2003 to 2004.
The Associated Press also reports that 40 percent of the new registrants this year have been younger than 25 and 20 percent ranged from 25 to 35.
While 20,633 residents were registered in Pulaski County in 2004, only 19,392 cast votes in the November election that year, according to data on the State Board of Elections’ web site, www.sbe.virginia.gov.
Statewide in 2004, 4,179,304 of the 4,517,980 registered voters cast their ballots.
The SBE is encouraging those who qualify to consider voting via absentee ballot. For more information, see the SBE web site.
The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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