Thursday, November 06, 2008

Voter Turnout Dissed

Bryan at Why Now? argues that voter turn-out was hardly something to be proud of. "I want to know what is wrong with the 40% of the country who couldn’t be bothered," he grumps.

He also points out that Florida voter turn-out as a percentage of total registered voters was "not as good as 2004." Take a look at the numbers and let him know what you'd do to improve things.

Dept. of Amplification
11-06 am

McClatchy News has some added numbers:
[O]nly about 62.5 percent of eligible voters — lower than in 1960 and 1964 — cast ballots. Absentee and mail-in ballots may increase the number and top 1964 but not, experts say, the high-water mark of 63.8 percent set by the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon contest.
Turnout among 18- to 29-year-olds increased by 6 percent over 2004, said the youth-registration movement Rock the Vote, using McDonald's data. That's 4 million more young voters than in 2004.

"Yesterday, more young people voted than in any election since 18-year-olds won the right to vote in 1972," said Heather Smith, the executive director of Rock the Vote.

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