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PA Green Party, Independents See Gains in Registration in Allegheny County
11/02/2004
The Pennsylvania Department of State last week released the first look at updated figures on state-wide voter registration. Interest in the election, combined with the close race in Pennsylvania, led to a significant increase in voter registration totals. Overall, Democrats registered slightly more new voters than Republicans -- 108,000 -- since the primaries this summer.

In Pittsburgh, that trend was reversed, although the Post-Gazette attributed this trend to declining populations in Pittsburgh and slightly growing populations in the more conservative suburbs.

An analysis of a larger set of voter registration data conducted by Pittsburgh Indymedia reveals one thing that the Post-Gazette did not report: the only group of registered voters in Allegheny County that increased in absolute numbers from 2002 was the Pennsylvania Green Party; as a proportion of the overall voter registration rolls, it more than doubled. The number of independent and other-third party voters also increased during that time, while the absolute numbers of Democrats and Republicans both decreased.

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