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Oct 21, 2014 6:16 PM

Ga. electorate shrinks, but new voters less white

The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) The total number of people registered to vote in Georgia has dropped by nearly 40,000 in two years.

But of the 183,000 voters added to the rolls since March, only a third identified themselves as white underscoring a demographic shift Democrats see as critical to making gains in a state dominated by Republicans.

The totals were released Tuesday, two weeks before an election in which the tight race for Georgia's open Senate seat will help determine which party controls the Senate.

State officials say the drop is from deaths, people moving out of state and removal of those who've been inactive for the last two federal election cycles. There was a similar drop four years ago. Of the state's nearly 10 million residents, just over 6 million are currently registered.


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