Turnout

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 4, 2008 7:53am

We’re already getting calls and emails from people all across the country saying there are lines everywhere. We are going to break voter turnout records this year, huge records. More than 130 million people are likely to vote this year. That is a huge record. Beyond that though, ever since 18-year-olds got the vote back in 1971, the percentage of eligible voters has never really topped by any significant margin 60 percent. This time around it could hit 62, 63, or 64 percent of eligible voters. That is huge. If it hits 65 percent, it would be stunning. You have to go back to 1908 to find numbers like that, before women or 18-year-olds got the vote, when it was just adult men controlling the electorate. If  we top that number today, it would be absolutely amazing. –George Stephanopoulos

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