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    Default To those registered to vote in the U.S. election, let's make history!

    These are the historical voter turn-outs in Federal Elections:

    National Voter Turnout in Federal Elections: 1960–2008 — Infoplease.com

    2006 220,600,000 135,889,600 80,588,000 43.6%
    2004 221,256,931 174,800,000 122,294,978 55.3
    2002 215,473,000 150,990,598 79,830,119 37.0
    2000 205,815,000 156,421,311 105,586,274 51.3
    1998 200,929,000 141,850,558 73,117,022 36.4
    1996 196,511,000 146,211,960 96,456,345 49.1
    1994 193,650,000 130,292,822 75,105,860 38.8
    1992 189,529,000 133,821,178 104,405,155 55.1
    1990 185,812,000 121,105,630 67,859,189 36.5
    1988 182,778,000 126,379,628 91,594,693 50.1
    1986 178,566,000 118,399,984 64,991,128 36.4
    1984 174,466,000 124,150,614 92,652,680 53.1
    1982 169,938,000 110,671,225 67,615,576 39.8
    1980 164,597,000 113,043,734 86,515,221 52.6
    1978 158,373,000 103,291,265 58,917,938 37.2
    1976 152,309,190 105,037,986 81,555,789 53.6
    1974 146,336,000 96,199,0201 55,943,834 38.2
    1972 140,776,000 97,328,541 77,718,554 55.2
    1970 124,498,000 82,496,7472 58,014,338 46.6
    1968 120,328,186 81,658,180 73,211,875 60.8
    1966 116,132,000 76,288,2833 56,188,046 48.4
    1964 114,090,000 73,715,818 70,644,592 61.9
    1962 112,423,000 65,393,7514 53,141,227 47.3
    1960 109,159,000 64,833,0965 68,838,204 63.1

    The elections where we choose the president have historically had higher turn-out.

    But, I think it would be really cool, if this generation had the highest turnout in history.

    We ought to be able to smash the 63% mark, shouldn't we?

    Some people were predicting 80% turn-out in our district with 43% already having voted.

    That would be really amazing to have to have nationwide.

    Note: Besides making history, this it is rather important for people in the toss-up states to vote this election. This one could come down to the wire electorally. Don't count you candidate out, nor simply count on him winning.

    So I am encouraging people to please cast your vote!

    Vent about suppression attempts here as well as elsewhere. Maybe someone will know what to do.

    Please vote and come back to say you've voted!


    (Perhaps even mention which state)

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    Well.

    I already voted in California, as I stated before.

    Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
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    Nice post! Voter turnout always seems so low. The more people that vote, the more we get a clear idea of what the country thinks. MOAR DATA MEANS MOAR ACCURACY!
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    I voted last week in North Carolina!
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    Will be voting in an hour or so. Yay long lines!
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    Not just the US but the western world in general should definitely have a much higher voter turnout, especially when one considers just under 80 % of people voted in Iraq's first post-Saddam Hussein election and 70 % of people voted in the Afghanistan presidential election.
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    I voted a couple of weeks ago. I can't verify this at the moment but I heard that over half of the voters in my state had voted early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    Nice post! Voter turnout always seems so low. The more people that vote, the more we get a clear idea of what the country thinks. MOAR DATA MEANS MOAR ACCURACY!
    Which is not necessarily a good thing. Most people are clueless on the issues.
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    Well, there will certainly be plenty of turnout in Southeast Virginia (aka "Real Virginia"). The line this morning at 6:00 AM was 2 hours long - it wrapped around a long hall inside the school, went outside, down to the end of the street and back again, and finally into the neighborhood across the street. At 6:00. Wow. So I think we stand a good chance of breaking 63%.

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    Turnout's always high in Minnesota so the precincts are geared up. I walked over, voted and was back home in 30 minutes--and it's about a mile walk. Longest line today reportedly was 50 minutes. Unlike our February caucus where we were in the car for an hour before getting into the parking lot!!

    My kids are both first-time voters this year, as is my niece, and I'm hearing that interest on their campuses AND registration is high.
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