The numbers may be incremental, but they do show a definite trend. From Oct. 1, 2007 to Jan. 1, 2008, the number of black, registered active voters increased 1.6 percent to 1.2 million.
Over the same period, the number of white active voters increased .5 percent to 2.9 million.
African-Americans make up 27 percent of the Georgia electorate, according to the new figures. Whites make up 66 percent.
Which makes more important the fact that, even in raw numbers, new African-American voters outpaced white voters—19,351 to 16,947.
Here’s the big surprise: When divided by race and gender, black males—who generally have a spotty voting record—increased their numbers the most, by 1.9 percent.