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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

No big increase in voter turnout
Tom Smith

This is quite interesting, and also contra what I have been hearing from the media, which has been on and on about the amazing level of turnout this year.  I also agree with Ilya that high turnout is not something especially to be desired.

Read this also.  Oddly, nothing about this on CNN.

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I hate to break it to you, but when all the votes are in, it's projected to be the biggest turnout since 1908. 64.1%

Posted by: Sarah P. | Nov 5, 2008 1:33:57 PM

Well, the votes aren't done being counted yet. While some bloggers apparently prefer to substitute their armchair guesses for those pesky expert opinions relied on by real journalists, I note, from the NY Times:

"Michael McDonald, a professor and voting expert at George Mason University, estimated the popular vote total would reach 133.3 million, after hundreds of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots that are still outstanding are finally counted, eclipsing the roughly 123 million voters who turned out in 2004....Based on early figures, Mr. McDonald projected about 62.5 percent of all eligible voters cast ballots, just shy of the 62.6 percent figure that was recorded in the 1964 election. But that figure could very well rise as the remaining votes are finally counted."

But hey, if it makes my Republican friends feel better to think that last night's blowout was somehow a close game, I'm willing to go along with it in the interest of national harmony. It's time to stop shooting the messengers though - the news media are not the bad guys.

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