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October 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday briefing: gender gap fizzles, Jefferson Co. spellcheck, drive-through voter registration

Good Morning. Happy Friday:

What gender gap?:  The latest Elway Poll regarding Washington’s statewide races and ballot initiatives echoes what national pollsters have been seeing for a couple of weeks. Women voters, one of the most sought-after groups this election cycle, are changing their minds quite a bit. In the Elway Poll conducted Oct. 18-21, women changed their self-identification  dramatically from 52 percent Democratic in September, dropping to 39 percent Democratic in October.  Republican identification moved rose from 20 percent in September to 31 percent in October. The gender gap has been moving around quite a bit nationally.  But CNN probably went  too far with a report that said hormones may  determine voting trends on Election Day. On second thought, CNN decided, that was not the best bit of analysis ever offered and yanked the story from its website.

Thursday, a new poll showed the gender gap, the difference between the percentage of women and men voting for a given candidate, had pretty much melted in the presidential race. In the 2008 election and many others, women have tended to favor the Democratic candidates and men lean toward the Republicans. While the gender gap was sizable before the first presidential debate, it does not appear to be that big anymore. It was enough to make Team Obama question the validity of the poll. Now, where have we heard that before?

Speaking of the president: Politico has a comment from him about the importance of former President Bill Clinton to his campaign. I love ya, man.

Wanted: Typist-spellchecker for Jefferson County Elections. Unless you think the United States are un-tied.

” Yes, it’s a typo,” County Auditor Donna Eldridge told the Peninsula Daily News.

No burgers or shakes at this drive-in:  Monday, Oct. 29 is the last day to register to vote in person for new registrations. Pierce County Elections has a bright idea: drive through registration Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m at the Pierce County Annex, 2401- S. 35th Street in Tacoma. “We’re excited to offer drive-through registration, this will be a first for Pierce County,” said Julie Anderson, Pierce County auditor. She expects as many as 2,000 people to register during the two days, so why not make it easy on them? Think of the calories saved. A would-be voter doesn’t even need to get out of the car.

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