Texas Voter Registration Numbers Surging as November Election Nears

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

Texas voter registration numbers have increased by more just in the last six months than they have increased during any year this century, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Secretary of State Rolando Pablos says in most years, the number of new voter registrants increases by about 100,000, usually due to the growth in the state's population.

But Pablos says since the primary in March, Texas has added some 400,000 new voters, and now has 15,624,000 registered voters, a new record.

That would indicate that most of the increase is among long term Texas residents who have never bothered to vote before.

Some analysts credit the surge in voter registration to the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Beto O'Rourke, who has campaigned in all 254 Texas counties, and has specifically reached out to first-time voters.

But the numbers also appear to contradict the claims of Democrats that laws requiring people to show a photo i-d to vote 'suppresses' minority voters, who are more likely to vote Democrat.

Pablos says the deadline to register for the November election is October 9.

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