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Battleground: A big decision in OH

COLORADO: "Statewide, nearly 215,000 people between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1 registered as a new voter or because they moved to a different county, according to Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies in Louisville. That's 26,000 more than in the same period in 2004. Of those newly registered voters, 78,013 are Democrats, compared with 48,451 Republicans. New unaffiliated voters outnumber both major parties, with 85,795 registrations during that eight-month period, according to the political consulting firm. More than 40 percent of new voters are opting for mail ballots."

FLORIDA: Good early-voting news for Republicans eying Florida. "Looks like the Republicans are out hustling Florida Democrats again on absentee ballots. According to Democratic figures, Republicans have requested more than 637,000 absentee ballots so far, compared to more than 441,000 for Democrats, and 185,000 for independents."

OHIO: The Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday that newly registered voters can cast an absentee ballot without waiting thirty days, good news for Democrats hoping to boost new voter turnout before Election Day. More from the ruling: "Observers will be allowed in places where people can register to vote and then cast their absentee ballots, all in the same day."

VIRGINIA: The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that "Voters younger than 34 accounted for 62.4 percent of the 284,153 new voter registrations in Virginia between Jan. 1 and Sept. 15."