In Virginia, Will Turnout Be Up or Down?
With polls closing in an hour in Virginia, Republicans are expected to do well because Democrats weren't motivated, right? Or is it that Republicans ...
With polls closing in an hour in Virginia, Republicans are expected to do well because Democrats weren't motivated, right? Or is it that Republicans are expected to do well because they (upset with the priorities of Congress and Obama administration) were REALLY motivated? Or both?
Throughout this election season, I've described Virginia Democrats as having a motivation problem, but, truth be told, there are as many signs that Republicans are unusually motivated as there are that Democrats are unusually depressed. In a year where polls indicated that the result of the governor's race wasn't in doubt, if turnout actually goes up (compared to the 2005 governor's race) that will be pretty clear sign that Republicans are more engaged than unusual.
One other thing I'm watching in Virginia: How many people will vote absentee? Virginia had a remarkable increase in absentee voting last year. More than 500,000 people voted absentee, more than double the number from the 2004 presidential election.
Was that because the presidential campaigns pushed their supporters to vote as early as possible or are Virginia voters really changing their habits? Virginia isn't a state that encourages absentee voting -- voters have to have an excuse to do it. If absentee voting remains widespread in spite of that limitation, it will be another clear indication that voters around the country are moving away from voting on Election Day.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
The Week in Public Finance: D.C. Interference, Let's Make a Deal and Urban Poverty3 days ago
Oklahoma's First Transgender State House Candidate Loses Primary Race3 days ago
Feds Revoke Oklahoma's NCLB Waiver After State Repealed Common Core3 days ago
Ferguson Protesters Sue Police for $41 Million3 days ago
9 Years After Katrina, Feds Forgive $391M in Disaster Debt3 days ago
Governor: Utah Should Defend Anti-Polygamy Law3 days ago