CONCORD, N.H. — Though fewer people voted in New Hampshire this month compared with the last presidential election, the state saw a nearly 30 percent increase in the number of people who registered at the polls on Election Day.
According to the secretary of state's office, there were 99,319 same-day voter registrations on Nov. 6. That amounts to nearly 14 percent of the 718,788 ballots cast. In 2008, the total number of ballots cast was 615 higher than it was this year, but the number of same-day registrants was lower, 76,755.
This year, President Obama's campaign actively urged out-of-state students to register in New Hampshire, reminding them that same-day registration was allowed and telling them that their votes would ''count more'' in a swing state. And college communities were among those with lots of same-day registration activity.
Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire, had 3,026 same-day registrants, a 65 percent increase over 2008 and more than the total number of new voter registrations in all of Carroll, Sullivan, or Coos counties. In Hanover, home to Dartmouth College, the number of same-day registrants more than doubled, from 573 in 2008 to 1,477 this year.
While the college communities of Keene and Plymouth also had significant numbers of same-day registrations, their totals were more in line with 2008 figures.
Registering at the polls also was popular in the state's largest cities, with more than 10,300 same-day registrants in Manchester and more than 7,300 in Nashua.