If you made the trek down to the polls yesterday, then go ahead and pat yourself on the back because nobody else voted. Actually, at least 118,000,000 people voted in the 2012 presidential election, but that number is significantly lower than turnout in 2008 and, in some states, the turnout was actually lower than it was in ’04. And that’s when people were choosing between a Giant Douche and a Turd Sandwich.
In most states, the numbers are shaping up to be even lower than in 2004, said Curtis Gans, director of American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate. Every state is showing lower numbers than in 2008, Gans said. Still, the full picture may not be known for weeks because much of the counting takes place after Election Day.
“This is one of those rare elections in which turnout in every state in the nation went down,” Gans said. [Philly.com]