White voter registration in Ga. dips below 60 percent

For the first time, white voters in Georgia will make up less than 60 percent of all “active” registered voters in the state, according to statistics just released by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

White voter registration, which stood at 63 percent in 2008, has dropped to 59 percent of the 5.3 million signed up to cast ballots in this year’s presidential contest. African-American registration stands at 30 percent, just as it did in 2008.

The difference comes from the growing pool of voters who decline to identify themselves by race, or describe themselves as something other than white, black, Asian-Pacific, Hispanic-Latino, or Native American. That group grew from 3.6 percent in 2008 to 8 percent today.

The decline of the white vote in Georgia has been slow but steady. In January 2001, whites made up 72 percent of registered voters; in January 2007, they were 67 percent. Blacks in 2001 made up 26 percent of the electorate, and 27 percent in 2007.

As a whole, the number of registered voters is up 3 percent over 2008, when it stood at 5,198,971 . Here’s a demographic breakdown of the Georgia voters eligible to pick the next president, vote on a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools, and elect two members of the Public Service Commission next Tuesday:

– Black female: 946,510

– Black male: 658,870

Combined black vote: 1,605,380 (30 percent of registered vote) (30 percent in October 2008)

– White female: 1,683,715

– White male: 1,484,820

Combined white vote: 3,168,535 (59 percent) (63 percent in 2008)

– Asia-Pacific female: 37,840

– Asia-Pacific male: 34,504

Combined Asia-Pacific vote: 72,344 (1.3 percent)

– Hispanic-Latino female: 49,934

– Hispanic-Latino male: 41,786

Combined Hispanic-Latino vote: 91,720 (1.7 percent) (1.4 percent in 2008)

– Native American female: 1,056

– Native American male: 841

Combined Native American vote: 1,897 (.03 percent)

Other voters: 413,137 (8 percent) (3.6 percent in 2008)

Total: 5,353,013 (up 3 percent over 2008)

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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203 comments Add your comment

White male

October 30th, 2012
7:39 pm

White Female, please…. please show some respect to the brains inside white females! Your comment is disgraceful and pitiful!

cc

October 30th, 2012
7:43 pm

“White Female, please bear in mind that RGB’s *insulting you* for expressing what’s on your mind as regards the upcoming election.”

She didn’t need your advice. She’s already decided how she will vote and it isn’t Republican. I do absolutely and totally agree with RGB, though, in all aspects but particularly when he said, “Though it may break your heart, Republicans don’t wake up in the morning thinking about your reproductive organs. Can you name a single individual who has been denied oral contraceptives or abortions?”

Unfortunately, she is either “programmed” dimocrat or has fallen victim to the propaganda of the leftist news media and folks like you.

Buymadeinusjobs

October 30th, 2012
7:45 pm

GA Voters:: Florida and Ohio have gotten about 200 million dollars each in investments in advertising on radio, TV, newspaper, many trips by politicians, their buddies all the media. They spend money in hotels, restaurants, gas stations etc muliplier effects, nice to have that money .Everybody knows Georgia is red state, always vote Republican so vote for President Obama this time, turn Georgia into swing state then get attention/money like Florida.

Georgia

October 30th, 2012
7:45 pm

I have a question. Why isn’t early voting considered pre-owned votes? Also, is it fair to release early voting poll numbers when they don’t call the election till California has had an opportunity to vote.

billyBobjacket

October 30th, 2012
7:50 pm

Maybe the scariest thing is that people who read this blog may actually vote, despite having their intellectual capacity diminished a little bit each time the read it.

Huckaberry Hound

October 30th, 2012
7:52 pm

You people do realize Georgia was Democratic from its existence until 1994. Its was Democrats that whipped black a$%!! in the streets, cracked John Lewis over the head and hung them from trees, also put in place separate but equal. Good ol Lester Maddox was a stomp raving Democrat and the black people involved with this party get the crumbs at their table and have no real power in the legislative agenda of Georgia or never will.

Hiram

October 30th, 2012
7:53 pm

cc/td
October 30th, 2012
7:43 pm
“Unfortunately, she is either “programmed” dimocrat or has fallen victim to the propaganda of the leftist news media and folks like you.”

You’re too funny. Have you considered being a comedian?

jay

October 30th, 2012
8:00 pm

Take Atlanta out of Georgia and you got Utah, a state full out imbreeding wacked out Bible thumpers on welfare.

midnight garden

October 30th, 2012
8:03 pm

Can’t wait for Ga to turn blue. Its inevitable and really it would be better if it happened sooner before they have all women submit to transvaginal probes to please the anti woman, antiscience nitwits under the Ga dome. We need people who are thinking about the future. Not people thinking about things that were decided a generation ago. Also, before they privatize every function of the government like schools, to some billionaire from another state.

mark

October 30th, 2012
8:04 pm

As a white mid dleclass, educated, professional, I want the govt out of my life, I find it hard to vote for the GOP who wants to dictate, what I or someone else does to their bodies. this includes the war on drugs!! The GOP preaches GOD!!! And ignores science, Strike 2!! The GOP believes that it is a white vs the world. Guess What GOP, The US is not the only country on the planet! Strike 3!! Get A Life GOP!! Sure the whites can move!! To the north!! Where unions, science and freedom reins. And those Libs, live in Freedom!! Away from back room Deals, and God Fearing Chippers.

An observer

October 30th, 2012
8:07 pm

All this race stuff is crazy. i am a decline to state race voter. Guess what race I am? Hispanics can be white, black, or Asian. Blacks are mostly a mixture of white and black.

Is it the author’s assumption that whites are republicans, blacks are democrats, Latinos are what?, and Asians are what?

Delta

October 30th, 2012
8:12 pm

While you in-fight for the White vote or Black vote we are still coming to America. The next President in 2016 or 2020 may be Hispanic.

Tap Out

October 30th, 2012
8:12 pm

Poor and middle class white Georgians tend to vote republican. The republicans have done absolutely nothing for the poor and middle class. Romney doesn’t even pretend to do anything for these voters. Since these voters won’t vote democrat, they really have no reason to vote.

Kris

October 30th, 2012
8:14 pm

I cannot wait for Ronmesia and his pet rhinnie (Moe) to flip flop on this after all it was

“”Romney is the one who said it was “immoral” of the federal government to provide disaster relief.””

Now for a quick story…..
“Knock Knock …at the Whitehouse back door… Mr. President OBAMA this is Paul and Smitty we are here for our handout to fix our hurricane damaged state…”
Don’t worry we will flip on this tomorrow and LIE bout it…

@ cc
Wonder how you dress a Big Bird? I’ll figure it out . . . (Yellow feathers looks good)
Mabel, where’s my dang shotgun shells? (shot guns make a mes and leave lots of lead shot…Not healthy).

OBAMA 2012

Snaps to RGB

October 30th, 2012
8:16 pm

RGB = Winning
(Snaps to you!)

White Female = fail

Signed,
Another white female that USES her gray matter :-)

Alphare

October 30th, 2012
8:20 pm

Obama’s rescue money mostly goes to auto companies and big banks?

Who are those working in Michigan and Ohio’s auto companies? blacks?

Who are those working in the big banks? blacks?

The reason of Racists is ignorance, in case you don’t know.

cc

October 30th, 2012
8:22 pm

“As a white mid dleclass, educated, professional”

You may be white, and you may be professional but your post tends to bring your claim of “educated” into question.

Frankly, your sentence structure makes your post difficult to understand, apart from the obvious fact that you’re likely not voting Republican.

What a surprise . . .

AJC - Race-baiting much?

October 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

What’s the point in publishing this story this close to the election, AJC? Race-bate much, AJC? Shameless, transparent. Unbelievable. Can’t believe you people get paid to write this. Zero insightful, thought-provoking stories about how we can work together to meet the needs of Georgia and grow the economy – just the AJC bouncing to the right as fast as they !@#$ing can.

Buymadeinusjobs

October 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Who made decision to put I- 95 exit between Woodbine exit and Dover Bluff Exit undeveloped area, little traffic. Does Rep. Kingston own property here, i do not know why money was spent there instead of aroun Atlanta or overcrowded areas/highways.

Scott

October 30th, 2012
8:27 pm

I care less about their skin color and more about their character.

Where's your Pulitzer now, AJC?

October 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

I’m curious AJC… where’s your Pulitizer Prize writing now? Aside from Mike Luckovich – you got nothing. Your move to the right may serve you financially (for the moment), but that “credibility” you like to print on the front page is earned – not printed.

Simple Vote

October 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

I love Obama/Biden their message states that American is about helping each other, lend a hand if need be, not like Rommey and Paul take what you can and forget the little man who was not born with a silver spoon in their mouth. My uncle told me republicans will starve you!!!!!!!!

hop

October 30th, 2012
8:37 pm

before you dems start counting your liberal votes,states like Texas,Florida are able to maintain a strong conservative view with asians,and spainish voters electing many republicans with strong majorities.

one example is gwinnett county that has been multible race population for some time,but it still run by republicans.

the conservative label can and does draw most intelligent people that know that the government does not have a clue how to create jobs and grow an economy.this transcends race because all groups want to take care of their family and have the freedom to make that choice for themselves
The dems will take a huge loss next week that will be reflective in georgia and most of the nation next tuesday.

Scott

October 30th, 2012
8:37 pm

“…I may be out of work and broke, but at least I can still get an abortion…”? Sounds kind of trite, methinks.

Alphare

October 30th, 2012
8:40 pm

Nathan Deal was voted “most corrupt” congressman, is he black? or blacks voted him to office?

Are those corrupt Gwinnett politicians blacks or dems?

Alphare

October 30th, 2012
8:42 pm

While male,

“Your comment is disgraceful and pitiful!”

yes, you know the best, don’t you? You sounded the most gracious in this planet, black or white.

Committed to freedom

October 30th, 2012
8:42 pm

They have figured out that freedom, liberty, small government and a restoration of everything that made america great is not going to come by playing the bankster’s rigged political game. An outright rejection of the system that is destroying america is truly the only peaceful way will will ever take our country back.

Kris

October 30th, 2012
8:44 pm

@ hop “one example is gwinnett county that has been multible race population for some time,but it still run by republicans.”

Yep and some of them are wearing stripped suits…(prison)….

Hope fully some more shady deals and the chipper will join them soon.

The GOP (slime bags keep your hands out of my privates) will take a huge loss next week that will be reflective in georgia and most of the nation next Tuesday.

OBAMA 2012

TYLER

October 30th, 2012
8:45 pm

America is a Republic not a Democracy…

cc

October 30th, 2012
8:48 pm

Kris (and anyone else critical of Romney on FEMA):

Try to put your sympathies and your emotions aside for one moment, and THINK with your head rather than your heart about what Romney said in this portion of his statement. After reading this particular portion of his statement, tell me how you disagree with what he said:

Romney replied: “We cannot – we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

The U.S. is currently running a $1.4 trillion annual deficit, and already has an indebtedness exceeding $16 trillion. Do you want to continue to add more debt for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to suffer, or do you want to try to bring the deficits under control and begin to pay down the national debt?

The following is most of the transcript with a source link at the end:

The topic under discussion was the role of the federal government, and which functions Washington keeps.

“FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role,” Mr. King said. “How do you deal with something like that?”

Romney’s response: “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.
“Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut – we should ask ourselves the opposite question,” Romney continued. “What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot …”

King interjected: “Including disaster relief, though?”

Romney replied: “We cannot – we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2012/1030/Did-Mitt-Romney-suggest-eliminating-FEMA

MysteryMoves

October 30th, 2012
8:49 pm

White folks are so obese that they’re unable to register to vote or vote. Eating is too important!

Truth Squad

October 30th, 2012
8:49 pm

Smart Republicans realize they need to change their ways. Sadly, they are kept in check by the more extreme elements of their party.

Georgia use to be a place that welcomed hard working people, that is what drew people to the state. Now folks want to leave because they believe those that don’t look like them just want to live off of others. What a sad and angry worldview that must be. Fortunately most people do not want to live with that much darkness in their hearts.

TYLER

October 30th, 2012
8:49 pm

Simople Vote…your comment about Romney/Ryan is ABSURD!!!! The only reason you believe that is because youve been brainwashed by genrational curses making you think that the rich white man is out to get you and control you, while you totally ignored the opportunity toi educate yourself on what, in fact, their message is…btw…have you ever been employed by a poor person…no??? Well, you never will because they cant provide obs…the 1%’s that are the angry rich (many times white male, many times not) are the ones that provides jobs…dont bite the hand that feeds you…and for Gods sake…start educating yourself and stop listening to the hatred talk.!!!!!

TYLER

October 30th, 2012
8:50 pm

sorry for the typos..typing too fast..

Buymadeinusjobs

October 30th, 2012
8:51 pm

I hope everyone registers and votes, but be careful voting for Republicans who want to be in your bedroom. wife’s doctor office.Check C-span for votes, bills, Ryan budget 2011, Rommey’s video 5/14/12, Rommey’s primary debates CNN archives no FEMA, private, why aren’t private handling Sandy mess? All the Republicans in Senate and House voted for Ryan Budget 2011 which cuts 17 billion from veterans, cuts food stamps, medicaid, changed medicare to voucher, cut tax for rich and Rommey said he would sign it. To find out what Republican Tea Party House, Senate and Rommey will bring you , check what house voted for on c-span.. The Supreme ?Court has been favoring corporations:: look at united citizen case which said corporations is person, said wealthy said they can give all the money they want to American Crossroads/Karl Rove, American Prosperity/Koch Bros, Reed, Freedomworks 600 more super pacs. 75% of super Pac money is being spent against democrats check their records yourself. Remember Walmart against workers Supreme court said they could not use class action, what worker can go against their employer by themselves?

cc

October 30th, 2012
8:51 pm

“America is a Republic not a Democracy…”

Anyone you must tell that is too ignorant to ever understand it!

Kris Jones

October 30th, 2012
8:53 pm

GEORGIA IS SOLID REPUBLICAN AND WE AIN’T GOING BACK DEMOCRAT….NEVER….EVER!!!!

Janet Honesty

October 30th, 2012
8:58 pm

Why is this NEWS?????

cc

October 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

Buymadeinusjobs:

“I hope everyone registers and votes”

I’ve been working hard on that very issue. So far, I have gotten twenty-six new voters registered, have shown them how to mark their ballots (from a sample in the newspaper) and am providing transportation for them to and from the polls. That doesn’t count the seventeen I got to request absentee ballots!. I’ve been working really hard! Aren’t you proud of me?

A.B. Normal

October 30th, 2012
9:01 pm

Wow! I never knew the voting machines could tell what color the voters are. Ya learn something new every day!

Kris

October 30th, 2012
9:03 pm

Thank You cc!

Don Abernethy

October 30th, 2012
9:07 pm

Diversity will be the downfall of the US.The majority of born again Christians are white and when the Christians are gone all hell will break loose in the US.

Dirty Dawg

October 30th, 2012
9:09 pm

The first post here said something about ‘why Georgia will be in play in the next ten years or so’…I’m a 68 year old white male that was born here and grew up here. I can recall, and it hasn’t been all that long ago, when Democrats ruled the roost…even after the Southern Strategy was initiated by an extremist Republican Party interested only in winning elections Nationally and didn’t give a damn what kind of decisive hatred they had to use to do it. They knew that bigotry still existed, in the South especially, and could be used to their benefit. The fact that whoever posted that ‘in play’ thing seems to think that Democrats are only people of color – minorities as it were – and what I believe you’re afraid of is that when these ‘minorities’ become ‘majorities’ they’ll treat the new, white, minority the same way that they’ve been treated’ all their lives. Sadly, perhaps you’re right. Those that have practiced bigotry all these years may well have screwed things up so badly that ‘they’ just might have a hard time getting over it, but the rest of us will try to help it along…but you must come to accept the fact that this country must derive its strength from the diversity of our population. So get over it folks, we’re all in this together whether you like it or not. And as for the rightwing Republicans, they’d better move back to the center cause the Country is moving that way regardless of what you want.

Dirty Dawg

October 30th, 2012
9:09 pm

The first post here said something about ‘why Georgia will be in play in the next ten years or so’…I’m a 68 year old white male that was born here and grew up here. I can recall, and it hasn’t been all that long ago, when Democrats ruled the roost…even after the Southern Strategy was initiated by an extremist Republican Party interested only in winning elections Nationally and didn’t give a damn what kind of decisive hatred they had to use to do it. They knew that bigotry still existed, in the South especially, and could be used to their benefit. The fact that whoever posted that ‘in play’ thing seems to think that Democrats are only people of color – minorities as it were – and what I believe you’re afraid of is that when these ‘minorities’ become ‘majorities’ they’ll treat the new, white, minority the same way that they’ve been treated’ all their lives. Sadly, perhaps you’re right. Those that have practiced bigotry all these years may well have screwed things up so badly that ‘they’ just might have a hard time getting over it, but the rest of us will try to help it along…but you must come to accept the fact that this country must derive its strength from the diversity of our population. So get over it folks, we’re all in this together whether you like it or not. And as for the rightwing Republicans, they’d better move back to the center cause the Country is moving that way regardless of what you want.

Old Snarky

October 30th, 2012
9:10 pm

To once a repub: what is your take on living in a socialist state? You sound like someone planning to vote with something other than your allotment of common sense. Why do you think it’s ok to kill little
Babies. You wouldn’t kill your 1 year pld would you? So, what is the difference. It is extremely selfish to vote for a candidate just because his party is all for destroying the unborn which allows you to be promiscuous and have a good time and just kill the results. Arent you just so glad your parents didn’t share your views before you were born?

Wally

October 30th, 2012
9:14 pm

Obama killed Bin Laden
And a US Ambassador

Gunluvr

October 30th, 2012
9:14 pm

Who cares? As long as the majority’s percentage stays over 51% during voting season in most of GA’s 159 counties Dems can vote until they’re blue in the face and they’ll never make a difference in a senate or presidential election. Winner takes all.

Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world

October 30th, 2012
9:18 pm

@TYLER

October 30th, 2012
8:49 pm
Simople Vote…your comment about Romney/Ryan is ABSURD!!!! The only reason you believe that is because youve been brainwashed by genrational curses making you think that the rich white man is out to get you and control you, while you totally ignored the opportunity toi educate yourself on what, in fact, their message is…btw…have you ever been employed by a poor person…no??? Well, you never will because they cant provide obs…the 1%’s that are the angry rich (many times white male, many times not) are the ones that provides jobs…dont bite the hand that feeds you…and for Gods sake…start educating yourself and stop listening to the hatred talk.!!!!!

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CONS YOU will cut off your nose to spite your face

MEANING:

To hurt yourself in an effort to punish someone else.

Disadvantage yourself in order to do harm to an adversary.

Yudont Nomey

October 30th, 2012
9:19 pm

If someone has to show you how to mark a ballot then perhaps you shouldn’t vote. This is the problem with democracy. Regardless of ethnicity, the majority of the human race is stupid. They should really spend their time watching Jersey Shore and leave the voting to people with half a clue. Speaking of Jersey Shore, has anyone seen Snookie?

Agree with RGB

October 30th, 2012
9:19 pm

As a white female, I’m throwing my “snaps” in for RGB’s response to White Female too. With the economy as it currently stands, it is mind blowing to me that anyone’s top priority is access to birth control and abortions (reproductive rights)… or ANY social issue for that matter. Quite frankly, I don’t really care what anyone else does with their body and their free time, and as such, I will not let those “issues” dictate my vote. I’m more concerned with the fact that my once incredibly successful employer (pre-2008) has had to downsize by two-thirds in the past four years (and is on the verge of shuttering its doors altogether) due to new regulations and the deteriorating state of the economy. I’m concerned for my college-educated friends that have been jobless for 6 months to a year + (I can’t even imagine how difficult the hunt must be for those without a degree). For those fortunate enough to be offered jobs, they are making significantly less while doing much more work. BUT, you can’t complain because you just have to be grateful to have a job. Get your priorities straight ladies – there is a giant problem to facing our country, and it is not social in nature. Neither candidate is going to make reproductive rights/access their priority, and neither should you.