White voter registration sinks below 57 percent in Georgia

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Sharon Huff, of Atlanta, fills in voter registration form while at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in this file photo from August. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

The number of white registered voters in Georgia continues its incremental decline, dropping from 59 percent in 2012 to under 57 percent for next Tuesday, according to the latest figures out of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.

In fact, white voters make up the only demographic to experience a decline in raw numbers over the last four years – down by more than 91,000 voters.

For reference purposes: In 2001, whites made up 72 percent of registered voters; in 2007, they were 67 percent. Blacks in 2001 made up 26 percent of the electorate, and 27 percent in 2007.

Here’s racial/ethnic breakdown for the 2016 general election, compared to 2012, in parentheses:

White: 3,081,133, 56.7 percent    (3,172,666, 59.1 percent)

Black: 1,633,573, 30.1 percent     (1,611,608, 30 percent)

Latino/Hispanic: 126,942, 2.7 percent  (91,963, 1.7 percent)

Asian: 96,849, 1.8 percent   (72,613, 1.4 percent)

Native American: 4,603, .1 percent  (1,905, less than 0.1 percent)

Other: 487,471, 10.1 percent    (413,851, 7.7 percent)

In at least five counties in metro Atlanta — Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Newton — have no racial majority on their voter registration rolls.

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