Elections 2008- Americans Voting In Record Number


By Ane Howard

Washington,DC (RushPRnews)11/04/08– November 4, 2008 will be remembered as the day Americans decided to finally exercise their democratic right and vote.  With more than 28 million people in 34 of the 50 states and Americans living abroad voting early or by absentee ballot, whatever the outcome is tonight, be it the election of the first African-American to the White House or an ex-Vietnam vet POW, the true revolution will  be the turn-out of first-time voters and the passion this electoral campaign brought back to politics.

According to the U.S. Government Guide to Elections, a record voter turnout is expected for the 2008 U.S. presidential election. In 2004, 125 million people voted in the presidential election, about 88 percent of registered voters. Experts believe that turnout in 2008 will be somewhere between 125 million and 200 million voters, the highest numbers in recent memory.

Michael McDonald is an elections expert at George Mason University in Virginia, told the Voice of America,”“We may quite literally see turnout of a magnitude that we have not seen in a century of American politics.”

The latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll finds that nearly 30 percent of voters say they have already cast their ballots, with Obama leading in the polls by 5-11 percent.

The most recent CNN poll of polls consists of 10 recent national surveys: CNN/ORC (October 30-November 1), Pew (October 29-November 1), CBS (October 31-November 2), Fox/Opinion Dynamics (November 1-2), NBC/Wall Street Journal (November 1-2), ABC/Washington Post (October 29-November 1), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 31-November 2), Gallup (October 31-November 2), Diageo/Hotline (October 31-November 2), and IBD/TIPP (October 29-November 1).

The CNN poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

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