According to the Supervisor of Elections' office, there are currently 7,329 eligible, registered voters on the books in Hamilton County.

The breakdown is 5,840 Democrats and 1,075 Republicans. The total registered includes 268 no party affiliation, along with 'other' at 146.

The figures could possibly change with additional voters being added to the rolls as registration is still open for the August 31 primary election, up until 5 p.m. on August 2.

Seeking re-election this year without opposition in the third Judicial Circuit, is State Attorney Jerry Blair and Public Defender Dennis Roberts.

Up for county scrutiny in November on the state level, is Republican Senator Nancy Argenziano - seeking her second term - being challenged by Democrat Barry Brooks.

"The presidential election is expected to spark additional interest in the process (voting) this year," opinioned Supervisor of Elections Laura Dees. The November contest, with a penchant for controversy and excitement, pits President George Bush on the Republican side, opposite Democratic challenger John Kerry. Bush and Kerry will do battle on the stump, through the media and over the air-waves, and possibly account for a larger-then-usual voter turnout November 2.

Registration will remain open for the general election from September 1, to October 4, with a 5 p.m. deadline on the fourth.

Individual party winners (Democratic Land Republican) in the primary election August 31, will face-off in the Nov. 2 general election.

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