Early Voting Favors GOP

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - Traffic is steady at this North Florida early voting location. Leon County is heavily Democratic, but that’s not what our random sample of early voters found.

Statewide, Republicans are claiming an enthusiasm gap of 24 thousand more voters in the first days of early voting. Contrast that to 2008, when Democratic early voters nearly doubled the GOP.

Early voting traffic here is steady. On Sunday there were 815 voters.

Anger appeared to be a motivator for some early voters.

“I’ve just been ready to vote for quite sometime, since a couple of years ago, with the debt and all that going on,” Lief Dorn said.

But not a majority.

“No, early voting is a lot easier,” early voter Bob Kelshaw said.

“If anything happened though the next Tuesday, we would have it done,” voter Joy Kelshaw said.

“Get it out of the way,” early voter Bob Land said.

But Democrats need to be fearful of their own, including Rock and Liz Akom.

“I’m tired of higher taxes and I’m tired of the debt going up and up and up,” Rock Akom said.

Official statistics for Leon county show the Republican early voter turnout is unchanged from the primary; Independents are up by four percent, and Democrats are down by the same amount.

While Democrats usually win early voting, Republicans usually do a much better job of encouraging people to vote by absentee. However, Democrats have made inroads this year in encouraging absentee voting.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    Nam Vet- You do know that Napolitano put Vietnam Vets on the domestic terrorist watch list last year, right? The party you are supporting thinks you're a terrorist. I, personally, think you are an imbecile.
  • by Retired Marine Location: Tallahassee on Oct 25, 2010 at 10:15 PM
    Sounds like the mewling whimper of a disgruntled draftee. Real Americans? In your case I guess that has a much different definition than mine. I notice you qualified yourself as a Vietnam veteran and not a combat veteran. Not many people read between the lines or realize that there is a difference...What part of the article was it that you didn't understand? Could it be the part about early voting numbers are showing that a higher percentage of Republicans are voting than Democrats?
  • by Nam Vet Location: Perry on Oct 25, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    More propaganda from the right, trying to win the war before its even fought. Take heart all you real Americans your voices will still be heard.
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