Why Turnout Won't Be Depressed on the West Coast
We can tell which way the presidential race is headed. Several of the networks, including CBS, NBC and CNN, have called Ohio for Barack Obama. ...
We can tell which way the presidential race is headed. Several of the networks, including CBS, NBC and CNN, have called Ohio for Barack Obama.
In past years, this might have depressed turnout in the West Coast, but I don't expect that to happen this year. The reason: The West is where people vote by mail.
Oregon and Washington vote almost exclusively by mail. California is probably the third heaviest vote-by-mail state. Most of those ballots leave voters hands far before election day. So, there's a tiny fraction of voters who might decide not to show up in the final hour of voting (or decide not to drop off their mail ballots), but far fewer than there would have been in past years.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Most States Have No Laws About Guns in Polling Places23 hours ago
Write-In Votes Aren't Allowed for President in 9 States1 day ago
To Curb Unintended Pregnancy, States Turn to IUDs -- in the Delivery Room1 day ago
Planned Parenthood Wins Battle to Block Mississippi Law1 day ago
Children, Rejoice! Chocolate Milk May Return to Menus in America's Largest School District1 day ago
County Executive's Arrest Could Disturb Region's GOP Machine for Years to Come1 day ago