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A record 800,000 people registered to vote in a single day, 500k more than expected, shattering 2016's record

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2018's National Voter Registration Day broke its previous record of 771,321 new registered voters last week, as more than 800,000 people registered in preparation for the midterms.

"No one in our shop anticipated us crossing the 800,000-voter registration mark," said Brian Miller, executive director of Nonprofit VOTE, who coordinates National Voter Registration Day.

The initial goal was 300,000 registered voters, so the extra 500,000 voters came as a surprise to organizers.

Presidential elections typically are the most popular time to register to vote, but Miller credited the recent energy surrounding politics as a reason for the uptick.


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