Record number of Virginians
The 436,155 net gain in registrations since Jan. 1 increased the state’s pool of registered voters by nearly 10 percent, to 5,021,993. The total population of Virginia is roughly 7.7 million, according to Census Bureau estimates.
Actually, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Virgina as of 2006 was 7,642,884. According to the, the Population as of the 2000 census was 7,078,515. That means between 2000 and 2006, Virginia experienced an average growth of 94,061.5 people per year.
Using that as a baseline, that would make the population of Virginia approximately 7,831,007.
Also according to the 2006 census, the percentage of the population below age 18 was 23.6%. That’s a little below the national average and could very will be different two years later, but that’s close enough for amateur analysis.
That means that the population of Virginia that is of voting age is about 5,982,889 people.
Thinking further, This paper by “The Sentencing project” estimates that there are 200,000 convicted felons living in Virginia (those numbers seem to be from the late ’90’s so they’re probably much higher than that now, but I can’t find anything more recent so we’ll go with that). Virginia law precludes felons from voting.
That leaves somewhere around 5,782,889 voting age residents.
This state is home to Langley Air Force Base, Norfolk Naval Station, Chambers Field and Oceana Naval Air Stations, Little Creek Amphibious Base, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Dam Neck, Camp Pendleton, Quantico, The Pentagon, Five Army bases, Three Coast Guard stations, etc etc etc. I can’t estimate the population of active military members here but it is quite large. Many of those members are not legal residents of Virginia and are registered to vote in their home states.
[Update]Laughingdog brought up an excellent point in comments that I hadn’t considered: Even though there are many active duty military stationed here that vote elsewhere, there are an undetermined number of military members who are still Virginia residents but are stationed in other states.
Because of the sheer size of the military population in this state, I doubt that the numbers are equal, but it would reduce the disparity somewhat.
He didn’t mention it, but that would also hold true for out of state college students.
Although that may explain some of the question…I still find it difficult to believe that such a high percentage of Virginia residents are actually registered to vote. Laughingdog’s point weakens my case, but doesn’t overturn it.[/Update]
There are other classes of people who could be ineligible to vote but would probably have been counted in the census…resident aliens, illegal aliens, out of state students, etc.
Subtracting all of those from the pool of eligible voters and we’re getting dangerously close to that 5 million number.
I have a hard time buying that we have anywhere near 100% of the eligible population registered to vote, but that’s what this report would have me believe.
In light of those numbers and in consideration of the recent stories of voter fraud rampant throughout the US in general, and some stories specific to Virginia in particular, I’m inclined to throw the BS flag. Something simply does not add up here. Am I wrong? Someone please explain to me where my reasoning is faulty and calm my fears.
As far as I’m concerned, this is just more mounting evidence that the fix is in. The leftists in this country are still pissed that they failed in stealing the elections from GWB in 2000 and 2004 and they are damn determined to get it done this time.
I recently wrote my Congresswoman to ask why there haven’t been loud and boisterous calls for investigations coming from Washington, but I’ve yet to get a reply.
I realize that voting procedures are strictly a state power and the federal government, Constitutionally, doesn’t have anything to do with it. That doesn’t mean that the Republicans in national office can’t at least draw attention to the issue. They can waste their time and our money investigating steroid use in an entertainment industry, but they can’t be bothered to look into the possibility that there is an ongoing, concerted effort in this country to undermine the entire election process?
With apologies to John Stossel: Give me a break.