According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, 94% of the eligible voters in Ohio are registered, with 660,000 new registrations since January. Of those registered, 80% are expected to vote. That projects to 6.5 million votes cast this year compared to 5.7 million in 2004.
I suppose that explains why the last-minute registration push (during the one-week window to register and vote at the same time) seems to have fizzled: there wasn’t much of anyone left to register.
And I doubt that many of the additional voters will be Republicans. 800,000 additional voters, to close a Bush-Kerry gap of 124,000? Seems eminently do-able to me.