Oct. 28, 2010— -- Voting booths can't open soon enough for some people. You know, the election warriors who vote early or will queue up first thing Tuesday to greet poll workers as they arrive to open the doors.
They are the most likely voters among us; the kind of people who can recite the names of their U.S. senators and Congress members, not to mention their statehouse and council representatives.
The ones who don't just talk the talk but walk the walkway right up to the voting both time and time again, as if the fate of the nation -- and their neighborhoods -- turn on a solitary vote.
Well, whatever their motivation, research shows, they share some common characteristics that may not give them all an air of authority but surely make them recognizable to the uninitiated.
So, here is a random compilation of surveys and studies that offer some less-than-obvious hints on how to spot the neighbors and co-workers who are likeliest to embrace this most fundamental of civic duties.
Perspiration, the researchers concluded, was every bit as reliable a predictor of voter turnout as education, New Scientist reported.
Guess there's something to be said for getting all worked up over those candidate debates.
Family Structure Matters
The research also suggests that families that stay together vote together, because people who divorce go to the polls less often.
Maybe they know something about election season that others don't; perhaps the need to call on a higher power to survive it.