According to the Secretary of State's Office, that is about 100,000 more than were eligible to vote in last fall's statewide elections and slightly fewer than were on the rolls in the last presidential voting, though that could change before the registration books close.
Besides the race for U.S. president, the Nov. 6 election features congressional as well as a number of local and regional elections and ballot initiatives. There are nine proposed constitutional amendments and school board term limit propositions in most parishes.
Preliminary figures indicate that the number of registered Democrats continued to decline as Republican and other party registrations increased between 2008 and 2012.
Statistics show Democrats with 1.4 million registrants, a decline of about 136,000 from four years ago. Meanwhile, Republicans gained about 60,000 from 744,000 in 2008 and those aligned with other parties grew by some 50,000 from about 650,000 four years ago, according to election statistics.