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New voters may be wild card in election

MIAMI, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Elections experts say the efforts by both parties to register new voters this year may be the wild card in the U.S. presidential election.

They point out nobody knows if the new voters will actually cast ballots Nov.2 and nobody knows which candidate they will favor, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.

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"There is a strong chance that the polls may be totally underestimating the political force that these new voters represent," said Curtis Gans, director for the committee for the study of the American Electorate in Washington.

Republicans say they have signed 3 million new voters since 2000. Democrats won't reveal their figure, but they say it's more than the Republicans.

Florida elections officials said by the end of August there were almost 1 million more voters statewide than in 2000.

Registration in Florida closed last week and other states around the nation have wound up efforts or are about to. The numbers of late registrants are still not available.

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