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Voter registration numbers down despite campaigns, election season in full swing

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GREENSBORO—With both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions just around the corner and Election Day months away, both campaigns are heating up.

While party leaders in one of the state's largest counties say the excitement is building, election officials say it is not showing in voter registration. The Guilford County's Board of Elections office is no where near as busy as it was this time four years ago.

"The level of voter registration that we've had this year doesn't compare to what we had in 2008," said Director of Elections for Guilford County, George Gilbert.

However, both parties in the county say enthusiasm is building.

"The convention, his acceptance speech all that goes along with that are once in a lifetime activities for a lot of people," said Guilford County Democratic Party chairman Joseph Alston.

"In 2008, it was the Republican Party that was struggling trying to get people excited about John McCain. There's been a big difference with Mitt Romney, we've definitely seen a lot of enthusiasm,” said Guilford County Republican Party chairman Al Bouldin

The latest Public Policy Polling numbers released this week show President Obama holding a narrow edge in North Carolina with 49 percent of voters. Meanwhile the Civitas Poll puts Romney ahead with 50 percent.

"My old boss in Washington used to say, the only poll that counts is the one in November," said Gilbert.

And that's the message party leaders are passing onto voters. October 12 is the deadline for voter registration in the Nov. 6 General Election. Anyone who misses that deadline, can still register in person and then vote at one-stop voting sites from Oct. 18 through Nov. 3.

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