After nine months of intense voter-registration efforts focused on Franklin County, the number of people signed up to cast ballots in the Nov. 2 election has surpassed U.S. Census estimates of those eligible.
There are about 815,000 Franklin County residents older than 18, according to the most recent census estimates, for 2003. As of yesterday, Franklin County Board of Elections officials counted more than 817,000 registered voters, and forms are still coming in at the rate of 8,000 per day as Monday’s registration deadline approaches.
Although voter-registration numbers in some Ohio counties have reached 90 percent or more of population estimates, surpassing the number is highly unusual.
One county official in Ohio called the Franklin County figures "bizarre."
One state official called them troubling.
Franklin County election officials called them easily explainable.
"It’s not a cause for alarm," said Board of Elections Director Matthew Damschroder. "It’s not an indication of fraud."
I'll bet real money that Mr. Damschroder is a Democrat.
So what else is new?