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Will Voter Turnout Break Records?

Experts are divided on just how big this week's voter turnout will be, but they seem to be in agreement that it will be highest in decades. Some say it will be the largest since 1968, others believe it will blow 1960's records out of the water, or maybe, just maybe, be the largest in a century.

Early voting levels point to a big turnout, but that could just be the same voters casting ballots earlier instead of more voters planning on visiting the polls. Weather could turn out to be a factor, but realistically we won't know until Tuesday.

According to the AP, the McCain campaign released a strategy memo this week saying, "turnout is going to go through the roof" and predicted that more than 130 million people would vote. Obama's camp said, "we think turnout is going to be higher than that" but didn't provide a specific number.

In 2004, 122.3 million people voted for president. Do you think more people will hit the polls this year?


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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I'm going tomorrow morning as soon as it opens at 7am. I'm hoping to beat the crowds. I better warn my boss though incase I'm there for hours. I'm so excited. My grandma called me the other day to tell me that my little cousin (who turned 18 last Feb.) who's voting for the first time called her to ask for her opinions on thing and help understanding the measures. I thought that was so cool and I was so excited that she was voting. :)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, I said whoes. I meant who's!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Yes and no, lol. Look at some of the morons you know or have heard. There are some people voting who don't even know who the vice presidential candidates are. Yes, it is great that people want to be involved, but not great that they don't even take the time to educate themselves on the issues or even whoes running!
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Yes, I think it will break records. The early voting has already broken records. The surge in campaign involvement is huge and unseen. What I don't understand is the apathy towards having all citizens vote. This is what democracy is all about - shouldn't we be excited?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm not convinced this will be a record turnout. The left is relying on two groups that notoriousily don't turn out. If they don't, this election won't be the blowout that pundits are predicting, and may not have the same outcome.
kelsen kelsen 8 years
I do think voter turnout will be awesome for this election. That said, every election is important. We have complacent leaders in all levels of government and we need to elect more people who truly feel accountable to the voters (because there is corruption everywhere, regardless of political party).
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I think more people are casting absentee votes and with early voting the turnout she be the greatest in history.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
"I wonder if all of these Obama people will be as excited after the election...." :? If he wins of course the excitement will be there..but obviously it would soon settle down...people are excited about him and excited to see what he will do once he's in there. I wish him the best of luck!
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I guess it depends on who wins (I am very paranoid). If Obama wins the excitement will definitely settle down, unless he truly has the effect of MLK on the people. Odd thing is, if McCain wins, I think the excitement will settle down too. Most Obama supporters will accept the outcome and move on with their lives. They might start praying for McCain's good health thought :shrug:...
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Me too!
meringue meringue 8 years
I wonder if all of these Obama people will be as exicited after the election....
mswender mswender 8 years
I am volunteering at the poles here in Maryland and am very excited!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I went to the Madonna concert last night and during one number Sen. Obama's was the last photo to flash on the screens and everyone went wild. It was quite an experience.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
Oh yeah, and I voted yesterday :cheers: and waited 3 hours, so yeah, plan to be in line awhile, but please don't let long lines discourage anyone! This might be the most important election you will ever get a chance to participate in. One of the ladies standing in line behind me told me her twins turn 18 on Nov. 14, and they were really upset they couldn't vote. I thought this was fantastic, as I didn't care much for politics when I just turned 18. So yes, voting will be at an all time high this year, no doubt.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
"Well did they consider the ACORN people stuffing the ballot boxes?" Uh, ACORN has to do with voter REGISTRATION not VOTING. Big difference. So unless Mickey Mouse shows up with a valid driver's license, guess what, he's not voting. GO OBAMA!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I have a friend who voted early here in Ca. he said he just started crying as he was walking out. "I can't believe I just voted for a black man" luckily there was a compassionate security guard near by to give him a hug and comfort him, lol. I think we're going to be seeing a lot of break downs on the 11:00 news.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Im right next to ya Hip! congrats! I didnt vote 4 years ago..:( I was still in that "my vote doesnt count so who cares" state of mind! On top of that I was debating with toooo many Bush supporters (lived in Miami) that it kinda pissed me off...felt like no matter what Bush would win florida over. :o so i cant wait for tuesday im sooo freakin excited!!!
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
That's so cool, HipFlowers, made me smile to see a new and excited voter! :) And I have wondered the same - will all the hype translate into actual votes or is it just talk? Time will tell!
ceej ceej 8 years
Geez, we only get a fine if we don't turn up not free donuts and icecream!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Ben and Jerry's and Krispy Kreme have similar promotions ceej.
ceej ceej 8 years
I just read that Starbucks are giving away a large cup of coffee on Nov 4 for everyone who comes in and says they voted. More incentive!
janneth janneth 8 years
You go, HipFlowers! May your line be short and your vote be counted.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
:woohoo: Hip!
teagirl teagirl 8 years
This is the first time I will be voting in a Presidential General Election!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooo exciting! Oh and it wasn't because I didn't want to vote but it was because of my age.
ladiva1 ladiva1 8 years
I did early voting today in VA - 4 hours! Plan to bring water, snacks, a book and a good attitude! ;)
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