Wednesday, November 03, 2004

More on the popular vote:

Four years ago, the turnout was about 105 million. Right now, the total this time around seems to be about 113 million.

Given all the anecdotal evidence of new registrations, stupidly long lines, people voting after midnight etc. etc., does this even remotely make sense? An increase of eight million voters probably isn't much above demographic shift and population growth (population growth would have been about 13 million people since 2000; and about 16 million kids would have become of voting age since 2000).

By my very rough math, that means the turnout percentage basically didn't budge from 2000's 50%-ish.

So again I ask: what happened to the huge GOTV efforts? What happened to that record voter turnout?

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