AL: Voter Registration Hits New Heights

Black voter registration is climbing in Alabama, a trend political science experts attribute to excitement surrounding Barack Obama’s presidential bid.

Since the last presidential election, the percentage of active registered voters who are black has risen from 24 percent to 25 percent. That is nearing the proportion of Alabama’s black population, slightly more than 26 percent according to the U.S. Census.

As of June 30, 641,815 black voters had active registration. That number is up by about 14,500 from 2004 and expected to increase even more by November, according to secretary of state data.

Sen. Obama has generated a lot of interst in the political process again.  That enthusiasm has been missing for decades now.  It could help the Gulf South region pull itself out of the conservative funk it has been in since the Wallace days.

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