Updated registration tallies
Not quite at the thirteen million mark yet for Texas, though the data in this story is about two weeks old.
Texas — one of 16 states with the deadline — expects the final figures will reveal a record number of voter registrations.
The latest figures available show 12,916,390 Texans registered to vote by late September, according to the Texas secretary of state's office.
That's 80.4 percent of the voting age population of 16,071,153.
For the 2000 election, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush was making his first run for president, registration was 85.3 percent of the voting age population of 12,365,235.
Actually, the Voting Age Population in 2000 was 14,479,609 - the 12,365,235 number cited was registered voters for that election. There were 12,264,663 registered voters as of the March 2004 primary, which is less than the 2000 and 2002 General elections. (All data from the Turnout and Voter Registration Data page
on the Secretary of State website.) To get to 85.3% of the 2004 VAP, we'd need over 13.7 million voters. We won't get there, but 13,162,275 million would represent 81.90%, equalling the second-best ratio of registered voters ever.
The final tally from the HCDP Sharpstown headquarters was over 2500. And Sarah reports an amazing 12,464 registrations in Travis County on deadline day. Wow!
Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 05, 2004 to Election 2004