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adding an update here MSNBC is saying 2012 Virginia turnout is higher than 2008 = good news
Ok, just voted in Northern Virginia area & the same place/area that Ive voted at for years and can report that turnout is up in general and far more Latinos than Ive ever seen voting.........so jump below the fold

Prince William county Northern Virginia suburban area at the local elementary school

The wait was 1.5 hours whereas in 2008 it was 30-45 minutes at most if my memory is serving me correctly.  The common wisdom is high turnout is good for dems while low turnout is good for repubs

mixed crowd racially which it has always been but

1- African American turnout seemed same as 2008 so no depressing African American demographic like repubs hoped

2- more women than men

3- & here is the big difference.....LATINOS!!! and lots of them.  I do not remember seeing any Latinos or 1 at most in 2008 but now 2012 = Latino turnout in 2012 for my area is huge!!! and will only get larger in future election cycles = meaning repubs are going to be hurting demographically from their xenophobia

4- Plus young voters, quite a lot of young voters

Oh and from what I could see, way more blue dem sample ballots in people's hands than the orangy-yellow repub voter sample ballots

:-)

also, the lady in front of us in line was tweeting and laughed and said that her friend in california just voted for rosanne bar (Peace and Freedom Party) hopefully not the norm for california dems who think everything is locked up so vote rosanne......every california vote makes the margin of victory bigger so Ca GOTV and stick with obama

10:02 AM PT: forgot to add.....they were/ are letting handicapped individuals move to the front of the line and not wait

10:08 AM PT: should add that the # of voting machines is exactly the same as 2008 so its turnout!!!!  also didnt see any true the vote people harassing anyone or stalling things so the wait is turnout!!!  The poll watchers = 3 of them were sitting behind the name takers and just sitting there with taking notes and smiling

11:47 AM PT: tamaran hall reported on msnbc that all Virginia is seeing high turnout

Im going to interpret as high turnout=good for dems

low turnout = good for repubs

1:46 PM PT: MSBC just said Virginia 2012 turnout is higher than in 2008

good news


Originally posted to DEMonrat ankle biter on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:47 AM PST.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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