Voter registration increases leading up to Feb. 5 primary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Election officials saw an increase in new voter registrations ahead of Tennessee's presidential primary on Feb. 5.

Coordinator of Elections Brook Thompson says 84,000 new voters have registered since September, which he said was a sign of healthy growth inspired in part by the 2008 presidential campaign.

Officials will be monitoring the turnout during the early voting period that is currently running through the end of January.

Thompson said there are about 3.3 million active registered voters in Tennessee, which has a population of just over six million. Another 400,000 are inactive voters, who will be purged from the rolls after two federal elections without casting ballots.

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