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

Gary Burley

October 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

And this is why Georgia will be in play for Democrats within the next 10 years…

Jerry Gonzalez

October 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

The Latino Vote is under counted. In 2008, GA missed 50,000 Latinos. Please see here for details: http://www.galeo.org/report.php?report_id=0000000163

Drew

October 30th, 2012
5:38 pm

I’m sure that this is nothing that still more unnecessary and onerous registration and voting regulations can’t fix.

Doug

October 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

JB

October 30th, 2012
5:49 pm

Whites are leaving the state while there is an influx of Blacks from the Northeast.

Charles Douglas Edwards

October 30th, 2012
5:57 pm

America is a democracy !!!

We would like to encourage all eligible citizens in the State of Georgia to register to vote and VOTE.

Your voice and vote counts.

White Female

October 30th, 2012
5:58 pm

Interesting that women vote more than men in every racial breakdown. So, why do they want to vote for the GOP who is trying to govern their reproductive organs?

J Throckmorton Malcontent

October 30th, 2012
5:58 pm

Ah, blood to blood
Ah, players to ladies
The last percentage count was eighty
You don’t need the bullet when you got the ballot
Are you up for the downstroke, CC?
Chocolate city
Are you with me out there?
GAININ’ ON YA!

Jussthinkin'

October 30th, 2012
6:03 pm

JB – you are correct. This white family is long gone (after 41 years!) as soon as the final sale papers have been settled and the money changes hands. It hurts but the demographics and politics have ruined this state and there ain’t no hope for the future. In 10 years Georgia will be among the Arkansas-Mississippi “also-rans.”

native atlantan

October 30th, 2012
6:04 pm

There goes the neighborhood we use to call Georgia.

Don Davis

October 30th, 2012
6:06 pm

The Dems class warfare strategy will continue to pay off. As more and more people line up at the trough, and vote for those who provide more feed, the Dems are a lock winner, not just in Georgia, but nationwide. I predicted this years ago. The tipping point has been reached. The demographics are a snowball rolling downhill, gaining mass and velocity.

Michael

October 30th, 2012
6:11 pm

Let the stupid ignorant racist comments begin. Thanks AJC

Rev Al

October 30th, 2012
6:16 pm

“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”……..I and many others learned this long ago…don’t let the racial overlords put you in a group then take your vote for granted…..

native atlantan

October 30th, 2012
6:17 pm

GA welcomes all those hard working folks that contribute to the states economy, not those that are looking for as many services as possible at taxpayers expense, or those that never get off welfare or unemplyment payments. btw, GA will soon be sending out debit cards instead of unempluyment checks to cut down on the expense of putting money in too many folks hands. Maybe I should just quit working or get let go too, and start getting my share.

Mayrenest

October 30th, 2012
6:18 pm

Totally agree with Michael!!! Let the ignorance begin…smdh

Amy Amor

October 30th, 2012
6:22 pm

What is WRONG with you white people?

Georgia

October 30th, 2012
6:22 pm

What’s the percentage of white single mothers who vote versus the percentage of single mothers who vote while black? (remember Jim Wooten? I think the right honorable Kyle Wingfield premises his partisanship on that data table too)

RGB

October 30th, 2012
6:24 pm

White Female,

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? Do you see any major candidate even campaigning on either of these issues? The answer is “no you don’t”.

It speaks volumes that OCs and abortions are front-and-center in your mind. Birth control pills are available at Wal-Mart for $9, and if you use them reliably you won’t have to end the life of an unborn child to avoid inconvenience to you.

For once in your life, use your gray matter–rather than your genitalia–to make decisions about whom is the better candidate.

You attempt to demean women when you bring up “reproductive organs” as the element of greatest importance. It may surprise you, but many women are concerned about the real double-digit unemployment rate in this country and the mountainous debt that will soon erode or eliminate social programs on which many people rely.

Thankfully, most women think using the facilities above their neck rather than below their waist. But there are exceptions and yours is duly noted.

Worried Republican

October 30th, 2012
6:26 pm

I’m a worried republican female from GA & I will not be voting republican this year. I’m very concerned that our candidate has not given clear concise details of any of his policies, budget, etc. I do not feel anyone should be dictating a woman’s reproductive rights. I do however, agree that we should have more equal acces to health care (I support OBAMACARE). I am saddened that our party does not have a true candidate in this election.

David H

October 30th, 2012
6:28 pm

And how many of those non-white registrations are dead people or family pets? Not that this person of paleness is a tad cynical…

Kris

October 30th, 2012
6:33 pm

Add me to the list, Sell the house take the money and run out of GA faster than a lobbyist can line the pocket of SHADY DEAL.

BTW unless I have to I never revel what race I belong to and as for sex…I always answer yes….

RGB

October 30th, 2012
6:40 pm

Worried “Republican”:

Nice try, but try your masquerade on Halloween.

Mr. Obama has no economic plan for the next 4 years and one cannot be specific about a plan that he does not have. Governor Romney wants to encourage business growth by lowering the breakeven point for all businesses. It’s a simple but compelling concept and history shows that it works.

And as the majority of Americans know, Obamacare makes healthcare more expensive thereby reducing access and quality.

Mr. Obama deserves to be fired for one simple reason: poor job performance.

jconservative

October 30th, 2012
6:44 pm

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over………….!”

cc

October 30th, 2012
6:47 pm

According to the latest information available, whites comprise 60.0% of voters and blacks account for 29.52%. The remainder of voters make up the remaining 10.48%.

These are the actual numbers as of March 1, 2012:

Demographic Total Voters Percentage
Black Female 997,989 17.19
Black Male 714,920 12.32
White Female 1,842,008 31.73
White Male 1,641,019 28.27
Asian-PI Female 41,215 0.71
Asian-PI Male 38,109 0.66
Hispanic-LT Female 52,524 0.90
Hispanic-LT Male 46,014 0.79
Indian Female 995 0.017
Indian Male 837 0.014
Other 429,182 7.39
Total 5,804,812 100

http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_registration/vrgraphs.htm

Don Davis

October 30th, 2012
6:49 pm

Are you uncomfortable with the truth? Libs are results oriented. They don’t care about process. So, enjoy your victory. Just don’t pretend.

cc

October 30th, 2012
6:51 pm

Worried Republican:

Who are you kidding? You were an Obama fan from the get-go . . .

Fernando

October 30th, 2012
6:51 pm

Latino here.We will own this state before it is all over with our people. We will decide this coming electionyou wait and see.Legal or illegal. You folks let us steal everything from you,we have not paid into this country but we will take everything you give or let us steal..like the election.
Stupid white people.

onechris

October 30th, 2012
6:54 pm

so looks like Georgia could be in for major changes soon! I am curious of the age brackets for the voters? I bet several are nearing being very old thus once they die the change will happen fast … FORWARD

I sang dixie...

October 30th, 2012
6:56 pm

I think people should have to own property, and pay income taxes in order to vote…

Kris

October 30th, 2012
6:56 pm

Fernando, Y;all can have GA…You will have to fight the corrupt politicians for what is left…

Good fishing spot in Sonny dodo town.

Save Mama (Big Bird)
Re-Elect President OBAMA

Gina

October 30th, 2012
7:00 pm

Sad that in this day and time, we still worry so much abt people’s ethnic. Can’t we just be Americans.

cc

October 30th, 2012
7:00 pm

“The Latino Vote is under counted. In 2008, GA missed 50,000 Latinos. ”

Maybe when they tried to count them the Latinos thought they were being asked for their green card and they disappeared?

cc

October 30th, 2012
7:04 pm

“Fernando, Y;all can have GA”

Kris is leaving Georgia?

Where’s Big Bird?

Get the barbecue sauce and fire up the smoker!

Romney/Ryan 2012!

Guido

October 30th, 2012
7:04 pm

Well said, RGB. Bravo.

wumpy fish

October 30th, 2012
7:07 pm

Can we still have Nascar?Will this raise Georgia’s collective I.Q., will Governor Shady try to profit financially from this?Will cousins still be married when they visit Alabama?

cc

October 30th, 2012
7:07 pm

onechris:

You know what you can do with your “FORWARD”, don’t you?

Kris

October 30th, 2012
7:12 pm

@ cc I found you a big bird,,,

1. a large, two-toed, swift-footed flightless bird, Struthio camelus, indigenous to Africa and Arabia, domesticated for its plumage: the largest of living birds …

http://www.gourmetostrich.com/recipes.html

Be sure to keep a bucket of water or working garden hose nearby

independent

October 30th, 2012
7:12 pm

The only whites who count in GA and the GOP are men, so they have been fewer than 60% for quite some time. It is just taking a long time for the other voters to all realize that they are second class citizens in this State.

cc

October 30th, 2012
7:14 pm

Kris:

Are you still “under the weather”? (This is a serious question!)

Kris

October 30th, 2012
7:18 pm

cc…slowley getting netter. Thanks for asking.

OnceARepub

October 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

Worried Republican I totally agree. This is the worse candidate by far for our party. Mitt is a big contradiction whose views change by the minute. Once he opens his mouth, it’s like you have to grace yourself and keep your fingers crossed hoping he doesn’t embarrass the GOP any more than he already has. He lost my grandfathers (a disabled vet who make ends met off govt assistance) vote with the 47% comment and then came with the binder full of woman’s statement. Not to mention the fact that he wants to control our bodies and has yet to give one detail of his 5 star plan that we are supposed to believe in just off his word. And he’s against FEMA which i can’t understand! The GOP must do better with their selections! Ryan as President if something happens to Mittbis an even scarier thought. I have to go with Obama Biden this run!

vw

October 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

Typical Atlanta Urinal and Constipation on top of the stats.

tyrone

October 30th, 2012
7:21 pm

where the white woman at?

cc

October 30th, 2012
7:25 pm

Kris, hope you’re well soon! I’ll invite to you to my first (and only!) Big Bird Barbecue Bash to be held on Thanksgiving Day. Will be leaving shortly for Sesame Street to bag the dinner. Wonder how you dress a Big Bird? I’ll figure it out . . .

Mabel, where’s my dang shotgun shells?

DBCOOPER

October 30th, 2012
7:27 pm

Who’s going to pay the bills?

Kris

October 30th, 2012
7:28 pm

@ Once

This is what Ronmesia Cut backs and Deregulation will cause.

“ A second Massachusetts compounding pharmacy surrendered its license after state inspectors found “significant” issues that could affect sterility, state health officials said.”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/health/massachusetts-pharmacy-license/index.html?hpt=he_c2

Me too.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

Larry

October 30th, 2012
7:29 pm

So, this demographic will most certainly vote for Obama:

Hollywood (you know those experts on life and government whose only contribution is a skill of pretending, “acting,” to be someone else?).

Government dependents

Atheists

Sexual perverts (yes, an attraction by one male to another’s male’s fecal filled rectum is perversion).

Double-digit IQ’s

Pimps like Biden, Obama, Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, etc., that has never held a job in the private sector and is empowered by the prostitutes that elect them so they can give you money for their vote.

Think I’ll vote for the businessman with good morals, values, standards and proven success managing money…his and ours!

Porkchopicus of Borg

October 30th, 2012
7:30 pm

RGB said — “For once in your life, use your gray matter–rather than your genitalia–to make decisions about whom is the better candidate.”

“Thankfully, most women think using the facilities above their neck rather than below their waist. But there are exceptions and yours is duly noted.”

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

Make up your mind in your own way and give his obloquy the consideration it deserves: none whatsoever.

Hiram

October 30th, 2012
7:33 pm

Fernando
October 30th, 2012
6:51 pm

“Latino here.We will own this state before it is all over with…”

And, you owe it all to the GOP elite – the carpet barons in Dalton, the chicken barons in Gainesville, the onion barons in S. Georgia, and it’s all abstract to the GOP serfs, who point their fingers at the Democrats. The disconnect is laughable.

.

S

October 30th, 2012
7:36 pm

Romney has said he is pro-life, Paul Ryan is pro-life to the extreme. Paul Broun of GA. was the Father of bill HR212 which could virtually do away with some birth control, its a Personhood bill that even backward Mississippi voted against. VP pick Paul Ryan co-signed this extreme bill along with 63 other Republican extremist in congress, Westmoreland, Kingston, just some on that list. This 112th Republican Controlled Congress has done nothing but try to pass bills taking Women’s rights away for the last two years. Anyone thinking differently must have been living under a Rock these last two years. Yes, Women would like nothing better than to be able to think of Jobs, the economy, their families, their health-care but when we have clueless Neanderthal Men trying to tell us what we can and can not do with our own personal business, and our Health-care, then they’ve gone too far and their going to hear about it from all the Women in this Country. Just who do they think they are? Those of us who have been paying attention, know exactly what these Extremist have been up to and we are going to make sure everyone of these Extremist will be voted out of office, if not this year then at the next election. These types of Politicians are not fit for dog catcher let alone Public Office!
All Women get out and vote, we have the majority, vote like your life and your families lives depends on it because it very well could.