Despite widespread predictions of record turnout in this year’s presidential election, roughly the same portion of eligible voters cast ballots in 2008 as in 2004.
This news is surprising since nearly everyone predicted record turnouts for this election. Even my earlier post where I had to give up after waiting two hours (the first time) seemed to indicate a larger than normal turnout. However, checking my entry from 2004 you’ll see that the wait times were pretty much identical to the previous election.
Still reports of exceedingly long lines at the polling center. Current wait is listed at two hours with the line out the door.
An update to my no vote entry:
I ended up being able to leave work early and head back to my polling place. I waited another 40 minutes in line for the first check in. We then had to head to one of the three lines based on last name where our signature was checked. I lucked out in that my line was empty. The other two lines had 12+ people waiting . I went right up to the desk, signed my name and received my voter card. I was done 5 minutes later.
Here’s the kicker: my voter number, the one you’re assigned when you check in, was over 1,850. This was assigned a little over three hours before the polls closed and the line was still wrapped around to the door. I’ve never received a number higher than the 270 range before (though I’ve always been able to vote before noon).