Voter Turnout Down From 2008

Blame Sandy and the nasty political climate

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:15 AM CST

(Newser) – Early figures suggest that fewer voters showed up to cast a ballot yesterday than in 2008, despite long lines at the polls, reports the AP. Vermont saw a decline in turnout greater than 14%, and South Carolina and Mississippi were nearly as large. In most states, numbers look lower than 2004. The reasons? A drawn out and nasty political fight that probably turned some voters off. Obama's had a tough four years in office, which could have weakened his voter base, while Romney may be seen as the tepid result of a divisive Republican primary. It's not all bad news on the turnout front, however: Early voting numbers in several states exceeded 2008's figures.

Voters cast their Election Day ballots at Harrison High School in Harrison, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Voters cast their Election Day ballots at Harrison High School in Harrison, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Janie Osborne)
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