Secretary of State Debra Bowen has released the voter registration reports that are required in February of every odd-numbered year -- reports that typically clean the voter rolls by taking off people whose movement or death was revealed during the previous fall's general election campaign.
True to form, the February report for Ventura County shows that the number of registered voters declined by about 4,100 since November. The report also shows that Democrats, who in 2008 surpassed Republicans in voter registration, have gained by subtraction.
The report lists 1,090 fewer Democrats than in November -- but also 2,789 fewer Republicans.
That means Democrats increased their lead by almost 1,700 voters -- increasing their percentage lead by about half a percent. The new total: 40.14 percent Democrats, 37.24 percent Republicans.