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Will they Show up Election Day?

August 11th, 2008 by flanews

About half a million people have signed up to vote in Florida since January. Democrats are winning the push to sign up voters, but as Whitney Ray tells us, Republicans are banking on the new Democrats not making it to the polls.

Hear it Here: Democrats Register More New Voters Than Republicans, But Will The New Voters Show Up At The Polls

Twenty six year-old Ryan Giroux has never voted.

The previous two, I wasnt really into voting for either of those gentleman, and now theres a guy Id like to vote for, Giroux said.

About half a million Floridians registered to vote so far this year. 290,000 of them are under 35. Democrats are out pacing the Republicans in the push to sign up new voters. Theyve registered about 150,000 more since January. Florida Democrats credit Presidential hopeful Barack Obama for the spike.

Its hard to find anybody really, except Charlie Crist, excited about John McCain in this state, unlike Barack Obama, you go out on the street and talk to just about everybody and theyre really excited about change, said Eric Jotkoff, a spokesman for the Florida Democrats.

Talking is one thing, voting is another. The Republican Party of Florida says even though theyve signed up fewer new Republicans, they believe more of them will go vote.

We look back at previous years, Republicans consistently turn out more voters on Election Day and also more of the new voters that we register, said RPOF Spokeswoman Katie Gordon.

Jonathan Smulevich said hell cast a ballot on Election Day, but hes not as confident about his peers.

I think some will. You can never say everyones going to show up, said Smulevich.

With Florida up for grabs in November, the election wont be won by the party that signs up the most voters. It will be decided by who shows up at the polls. Democrats and Republicans werent the only ones seeing a large increase in voter registration. About 50,000 Floridians registered with no party affiliation.

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