Crowds of new voters stirred by President Donald Trump’s victory in November.
An analysis of state voter data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that voter registration in the northern Atlanta suburbs that form the district has barely budged since the November presidential election.
The 6th District electorate is essentially the same as the one that just last fall overwhelmingly re-elected Republican Tom Price but narrowly went for Trump for president.
By the numbers
2.5 percent — The percent increase in 6th District registered voters since the presidential election. It tied for the fourth-lowest increase among Georgia’s 14 congressional districts in new registrations since then.
12,456 — Number of people who registered in the 6th District since the presidential election. By comparison, one of the biggest increases (third-highest) was in U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ 5th District, which saw more than 19,600 people register during a time that saw the civil rights icon trade barbs with Trump on Twitter.
61 percent — Registered 6th District voters who are white. While the new group overall tends to make the electorate slightly more male, younger and nonwhite, the overall percentage of white voters in the district has only dropped a half percentage point since the presidential election. The 6th District overall outpaces the statewide average for registered white voters by 5 percentage points.
27.7 percent — Millennials make up only about one-quarter of the electorate. The group with a firm hold on the rolls is who we call baby boomers plus, those age 52 and older, who make up more than 42 percent of the district’s registered voters.
And while it’s low on the registration count compared with other districts, one factor may be that there aren’t a ton of unregistered (but eligible) people there.
Looking at current registered voters as a percentage of 2015 population estimates (the most recent data available from the Census Bureau), the 6th District looks to have the highest percentage of all the congressional districts in the state.