Voter turnout truth

The revised national turnout rate for those eligible to vote was 61.2% or 130.4 million ballots cast for president, an increase of 1.1 percentage points over the 60.1% turnout rate of 2004, but less than the 1968 turnout rate of 62.5%.  Sorry, no record turnout.

Of course, there are still outstanding ballots to be counted (including absentee, provisional, and write-in ballots).  But, earlier estimates of 133.3 million ballots or more were way too high (largely) due to an over-estimation of absentee ballots.  But, don't tell the press - - these facts don't fit their stories!

There were turnout declines in states like Oregon and Washington, which lost battleground status, and states without hot Senate contests this year (South Dakota). And, there were declines in deep red states, such as Alaska and Utah, unenthused by their choices. Obviously, the early call of the election had to have depressed west coast turnout.

The largest turnout increases were in the new battleground states (Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, et al.) and states with large African American populations (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and D.C.) e_2008.html

and anywhere else they'll let me

Tags: 2008 (all tags)



Re: Voter turnout truth

Woohoo! Debbie Downer to the rescue!

by the mystical vortexes of sedona 2008-11-10 05:28PM | 0 recs
gotta agree with the above...

how do you suggest this number is improved?

by canadian gal 2008-11-10 05:31PM | 0 recs
What you fail to understand

Is that Democratic turnout was up more than Republican turnout was down.

Not my fault McCain's folks didn't consider themselves McCain's folks.  Obama did what he said he could do.  He got new people to the polls.  Existing voters didn't always show up, though.

I'd feel better for our democracy if more still had voted, obviously.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-11-10 05:35PM | 0 recs
Re: What you fail to understand

This is my impression -- that Dem turnout is up more than Rep turnout is down, giving us slightly higher turnout overall.  I'm looking around for numbers that separate Dem turnout from Rep crossovers to see if this is the case.  The point is that turnout is a bipartisan affair, and McCain seriously let down his side of the bargain this time around.

by username 2008-11-10 07:01PM | 0 recs
Re: What you fail to understand
Democratic turnout increased by 2.6% while Republican turnout  decreased by 1.3%.
The state with the most depressed turnout?
Alaska- down 14% from the 2004 election.
by skohayes 2008-11-11 03:53AM | 0 recs
Again, crossposted at democrat/2008/nov/10/voter-turnout-truth /

That's your call.  But it doesn't exactly win you many friends here.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-11-10 05:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Again, crossposted at

It's not friends he seeks, it's attention, negative or otherwise.

by venician 2008-11-10 06:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Voter turnout truth

Ummm, early call? The call wasn't made until CA and west coast polls closed, except AK and HI. Now was the hand writing on the wall, sure but it was not called early.

Next since you cannot respond to comments why do you bother to diary or more to the point why do we bother with you.

by jsfox 2008-11-10 06:05PM | 0 recs
What's your point, troll? n/t

by sricki 2008-11-10 06:21PM | 0 recs

by spacemanspiff 2008-11-10 06:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Voter turnout truth

I think the most important numbers are Obama 365, McCain 162. (Or 53 to 46). Either way, this was a blowout. And thanks to Obama's coat tails, we picked up 20 seats in the house and at least 6 in the senate. Those are big numbers. And then we have expanded the playing field with VA, NC, IND, NM, NV, & CO now going blue. Yes indeed. This was a very big win for us.  

by fugazi 2008-11-10 07:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Voter turnout truth

Who cares?

by Jess81 2008-11-10 08:16PM | 0 recs
Maybe you can get together

with all the people blaming increased black turnout for the passage of Prop 8, and you can all eat each other or something.

by JJE 2008-11-10 09:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Voter turnout truth

The point made here is one we progressives need to consider.  I've also heard that Republican turnout was down more than Democratic turnout was up.  But it's not just simplistic right wingers trying to get under the hood and pinpoint where turnout this year really came out in comparison to 2004 and the 1960s.  Check out this blog post from the head of Progress Ohio.

by Sandwich Repairman 2008-11-10 10:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Voter turnout truth

only the best turnout in. Forty years?  I am concerned.

Go jump in a hole.

by lojasmo 2008-11-11 06:23AM | 0 recs


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