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Pa. voters rush in to beat registration deadline

October 07, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - There was a steady flow of people at the Franklin County Voter Registration Office Monday for the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

The final number of registered voters will take a few days to finalize as mailed-in forms will need to be counted. Any applications to register, or for a change of address, party or name will be counted if they were postmarked on Monday, according to state election law.

In Franklin County, there were 49,963 people registered as Republicans and 27,394 Democrats, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State Web site. Another 10,753 were registered as independents or with smaller parties, bringing the total to 87,820, according to state figures.

Those numbers will go higher as the final applications are tallied, according to county registration officials. Prior to the April primary, there were 85,632 registered voters, including 48,919 Republicans, 26,481 Democrats and 10,232 independents, according to county figures.

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In Fulton County, 3,481 Democrats, 5,493 Republicans and 810 people were registered as independents or other parties for a total of 9,784, according to the Department of State.

Statewide there were 8.6 million registered voters with Democrats holding an edge of more than 1 million over the GOP - 4,387.027 to 3,217,464, with about 1 million more people registered as independents or with other parties, according to state figures.

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