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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Monday, November 01, 2004

    Thoughts on turnout 

    Conventional wisdom says high turnout is good for the Democrats, but in this topsy turvy election year, it's anyone's guess what might happen.

    One thing we can be sure of: folks can expect to see even more photos of anxious voters lining up to cast their ballots. In Florida, which offers early voting, some people have been willing to wait as long as two hours to be sure they get their say.

    It sounds like record turnout all around.

    In California, the secretary of state is predicting a 73 percent voter turnout. Swing state Ohio - where voters probably will be happy to resume television commercials that hawk cereal and cold medicine, rather than either George W. Bush or John Kerry - voter turnout is also likely to hit 73 percent. In Wisconsin, officials are expecting 75 percent of the voters to cast ballots.

    Overall, it looks like 58 to 60 percent of registered voters will turn out this year. Curtis Gans, director of the nonpartisan Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, says that translates to 118 million to 120 million Americans. In 2000, 54 percent, or 106 million of registered voters cast their ballots.

    posted by Lori Aratani at 11:35 AM



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