New voter registration lags 2006, 2008

Final figures show new voter registration this year was less than for the last mid-term election in 2006 and far below the record tally of the 2008 presidential year.

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said the total number of new voters registered as of the Oct. 26 deadline for voting in Tuesday’s election was 83,000. The new voter tally in 2006 was 90,000, and in 2008 300,000.

Only 33 percent of new voters registered as Democrats this year, compared with 39 percent in 2006 and 43 percent in 2008. Twenty percent registered as Republicans, up from 16 percent in 2006 and 13 percent in 2008.

Unaffiliated voters accounted for 45 percent of the new registrations, about the same as in previous years.