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A voter registration drive
is an effort, often undertaken by a political campaign
A political campaign is an organized effort which seeks to influence the decision making process within a specific group. In democracies, political campaigns often refer to electoral campaigns, wherein representatives are chosen or referendums are decided...
, political party
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, or other outside groups (partisan and non-partisan), that seeks to register to vote those who are eligible but not registered. Sometimes these drives are undertaken for partisan purposes, and target specific demographic
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groups that are likely to vote for one candidate or other; on the other hand, such drives are sometimes undertaken by non-partisan groups and targeted more generally.
On October 4, 2004, a voter registration drive in Austin, Texas
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led by the Travis County Democratic Party
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registered over 12,000 people to vote in less than 24 hours.