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A TREND IN VOTER REGISTRATION

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A TREND IN VOTER REGISTRATION

Since the close of registration prior to the March primary, 9,781 new voters have been added to registration rolls in Ventura County. Among those new registrations, there is a stunning trend: There are nearly 5 times as many new Democrats as new Republicans 5,570 Democrats, 1,184 Republicans and 3,186 nonpartisans.

The new registrations have cut the Republicans' lead in the county from more than 16,000 to less than 12,000 about the same differential that existed just before the 2000 presidential election, when George W. Bush beat Al Gore in the county by 1 percentage point.

95 percent accurate
Over the last 25 presidential elections, Ventura County voters have backed the winner 24 times, or over 95 percent of the time. It is one of only a handful of counties in the nation that has been such a predictable bellwether.
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Timm Herdt
The Ventura County Star's Sacramento Bureau Chief Timm Herdt on state issues and politics from Sacramento to Ventura County. He can be contacted at therdt@vcstar.com
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