Enormous Voter Turnout Helps Sway 2008 Election
Examines why the 2008 presidential election resulted as it did, and how it became a historic event in American and global politics.
# 129000 | 2,154 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Aug 24, 2010 in Political Science (Election and Campaigns) , Political Science (U.S. Federal Politics) , Hot Topics (Same-Sex Marriage)
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This paper discusses how the fate of the presidency was decided in 2008 by the surge in new voters and enormous voter turnouts which yielded higher numbers of general, minority, and youth voters. Additionally, the writer describes how these large numbers of turnouts also helped decide various local and state elections, some of which were highly controversial, such as the strong African American support for banning gay marriage in several states. The paper concludes that, although we may never know how many voters were deterred from voting due to massive lines outside polling stations, it is clear that record breaking voter turnouts of all demographics ensured the voice of the people was heard for President-elect Barack Obama in 2008.
From the Paper:"African American voters made huge headlines with their record breaking turnouts all over the nation. Most African American sympathies went with the Democratic candidate, which had been guessed and held by political analysts since the beginning of the year. Even President-elect Obama had utilized reports of a strong black turnout this election in the campaign period before November 4th. According to the Washington Post, Obama made appearances on several programs appealing to the African American demographic explaining how the black voters of the United States could really make a difference in this election."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Borenstein, Seth. "Voter Turnout Best in Generations, Maybe a Century." Associated Press. 2008. Retrieved 18 Nov 2008 at http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i34ao3tow5yhj2v7v24HM_wbT8JQD948LJRG0.
- Farley, Robert. "Amendment 2 Fate Lies with Black Voter Turnout." St. Petersburg Times. 2008. Retrieved 18 Nov 2008 at http://tampabay.com/news/politics/state/article868615.ece.
- Ferriss, Susan & Reese, Phillip. "Black Voters Helped Prop. 8 Passage." The Sacramento Bee. 2008. Retrieved 19 Nov 2008 at http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/1378391.html.
- Martell, Scott. "Turnout is Campaign's Big Winner." Los Angeles Times. 2008. Retrieved 17 Nov 2008 at http://articles.latimes.com/2008/feb/10/nation/na-turnout10.
- Morgenstern, Claire. "Election 2008: Second-Largest Youth Voter Turnout in American History." The Tartan. 2008. Retrieved 19 Nov 2008 at http://www.thetartan.org/2008/11/10/news/elections.
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