A few days ago the article “Lone Star Rising: Voter Registration Soars Across Texas” was blasted in emails throughout many Texas mailing lists. In effect voter registration is on the rise and exceeding past years.
Well this week, the Lone Star State got its first indicator of whether the coordinated efforts of BGTX, Texas Democrats and other groups have made any sort of difference. It is not unfair to say that many around the country may be in for a shock. Here’s what’s going on, starting with the Houston Chronicle…
The number of Texans registered to vote in the state’s five largest counties increased by 2 percent since 2012, a reversal of the decline in total voter registrations that was seen before the last midterm election.
Nearly 150,000 more Texans in these counties are eligible to vote in November’s election between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis than could vote in the 2012 presidential election, according to tallies released by Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis counties midday Monday, the last day to register.
Voter registration groups hailed the uptick in registration before a midterm election, which traditionally sees much lower turnout than during presidential years, as evidence that their efforts to register low-propensity voters had paid off. Five percent of those voting in Harris County are new registrants.
New voter registration is very high in Georgia as well though there seems to be some sort of activity to suppress processing. This is occurring in many other states as well.