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

(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.

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milo7453
Nov 7, 2012 4:45 PM CST
The obama sell begins...the DOW drops 312.95 to below 13,000...Enjoy the next 4 years my fellow Americans!
BCS
Nov 7, 2012 11:19 AM CST
This article is over analyzing the simple reason for this. People are disheartened. More and more people are realizing the fix is in. The banks hand pick a candidate from each side and offer us two paths to the same destination. False choices. For the first time i wrote in my vote for president. I wish people would have shown up to do the same instead of staying home. Even if it was 10% write ins, it would have sent a message. Plus there are always a lot of referendum questions to address
kmstartz
Nov 7, 2012 10:36 AM CST
I am so very disappointed this morning Didn't watch coverage all day yesterday Can't believe the American people voted for him again and made him our presentass AGAIN! I am an unpolitically correct liberally conservative christian (Yes i said Christian) and i believe and Love America and the principles our country was founded on. I don't know what Romney would have accomplished as President but our country has some very blind people out there voting. In my opinion Romney was the lesser of two evils who wanted to build America not destroy her. When will they learn to vote responsibly? Too many people vote for charisma and laid out promises that never come to pass and too many people focused on Romney not laying out a plan.Tell me which is better unkept promises or a President who gets into office and sees what has to be done before making empty promises Alot of voters only cared about a hand out not a hand up as they are quite comfortable living off taxpayer funds while our military personell are cut to the bone and get nothing in return for thier sacrifice. I hope all who voted for o this time around are happy with thier decision in four more years with more government control leading our country further toward less control by the people and more government control in thier lives than ever before and also a debt that will lead us into bankruptcy I for one will not feel safe as i always have living in our once great country with further cuts to arming our military against foreign attack. All our enemies that were once hesitant about attacking our country see us as a spineless weak country that is prime for the picking under this current (sorry to say administration) All o has done is blame others and start the destruction of America and that will continue as long as he is in office Obviously the people who voted for o are completely misinformed or don't care about the future generations of our country because they and our senior citizens are the ones who will suffer the most not to mention the working middle class who will have to foot the bill for people not willing to even try to better themselves I am all for helping people in need but not for giving handouts so people can get thier Check,Cell phone and any other freebies they can get. There are so many reasons that this was an extremely bad decision not only the ones mentioned above but a book couldn't even be written that could never be long enough even to begin to explain all the reasons that another 4 years will prove to be devestating to our country