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Increased Risk of Death on Election Day?!

Voters beware! Statistical evidence going back to 1976 shows that on average 24 more people die in car accidents and 800 more people suffered disabling injuries during presidential election voting hours, than during any other day in October or November.

What does that mean for you? It means on Nov. 4 your chance of dying goes up 18 percent if you leave your house to vote!

Researchers say that voters can avoid danger by driving at the speed limit, wearing seat belts, and avoiding alcohol use before heading to the polls. (Just have that Sam Adams with Anderson Cooper while you wait for results.) This study sounds like more reason to vote absentee! Either way, I think democracy is worth the risk.


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janneth janneth 8 years
It's called "absentee ballot".
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Is that why Georgie won a second term they singled out cars with Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers and ran their @$$es off the road?
stephley stephley 8 years
I don't like the looks of the two voters in the picture.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Amy at least you'd be "regular" ;)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
From the article (in reference to traffic deaths): "The Election Day average was 158, versus 134 on the other Tuesdays." That is where the 18% comes from. Sure 18% sounds high, but when your chances of dying in a traffic accident on a Tuesday are basically 134/# of people in America, I still feel pretty safe...
em1282 em1282 8 years
I know most suicides occur on Tuesdays as well. Hmmmmm. Weird statistic, though, like GS said...but don't you pretty much risk death every time you step outside of your house? Hell, you could die IN your own house. OK now I'm just weirded out.
verily verily 8 years
That's why I vote early. Mhmm. Or it could be that I hate searching for a polling place and then standing in line for ages when I know of a nearby grocery store that always hosts early voting and never has a line.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Shouldn't most people live within walking distance of their polling place?
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
It sort of makes sense - I know I will be incredibly tense that day and my driving habits will probably not be up to par. And there's always road rage if people are driving when they find out the results! Oh well, I'll risk it.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
That's it. I'm not voting. I'm going to lock myself in the bomb shelter and eat canned ... prunes.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
What a weird little statistic! Sad, but weird.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I hate things like this. Studies have found that the number of rapes increase in the summer. Should women everywhere go into a panic when the weather starts turning warm? There are more people out and about on election day. It's makes sense that there are more accidents.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
does this include suicides that occur after the exit polls are released?
stephley stephley 8 years
Now they should compare traffic deaths on election day to some of the other events mentioned and see which 'special day' is the real killer. My polling place moved once and I generally knew where it was, but on election day when I actually had to get there, it was a mini-nightmare of strange roads in strange neighborhoods.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Will the efforts to suppress turnout never end?
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