Vote By Poor May Skyrocket This Year

As the resident dean of the Crest Mobile Home Park in North Seattle, Wayne Nelson knows plenty of families struggling to keep food on the table. Voting can seem like a pretty useless exercise when there's a stack of unpaid bills on the kitchen table; he knows that from his own years of supporting a family on a cabdriver's wages.

"Washington is one of seven or eight states that has really taken the bull by the horns and registered more people," said Miles Rapoport, president of Demos, a national group working to increase enforcement of the act.