Astounding numbers

94% of eligibles in Ohio are now registered? And of those, 80% are expected to vote?

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.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com