Nationally speaking, voting was a weeks-long process, as opposed to an Election Day event. Given the historical reasons for not voting, the longer process must have definitely encouraged more people to go and vote, resulting in a larger turnout. Between absentee balloting and early voting, millions of people, more than ever before, voted before Election Day. And that election was an improvement regarding voters' turnout. The profile of the registered voter differs from that of the non-registered voter: the former is likely more affluent, white, older, and a long-time resident of the community; the latter is likely Hispanic, younger, with very low income and a newcomer to his/her community. Voter registration drives are obviously directed to the unregistered, but the issue is that Republican strategists deem these drives to be more likely to lead into Democratic votes, given the demographics.