Voter Registration Surges
New voter registration in 2004 has already exceeded every year since 1992 according to Nell Hunter of the Jefferson County Board of Registrars. 25,744 new voters were added to the Jefferson County voter rolls between January 1 and October 8. This figure does not include voter information updates. For example, on a typical day in October, over 1,300 forms were processed. Seven hundred of those were new voters. With ten working days left to the October 22 deadline, Ms. Hunter’s office was adding 600–700 new voters a day.