When the final totals are made, there will have been 26 million more votes in 2008 than 2000. That increase is in excess of 100% of the nation’s population increase during the last eight years. Overall, more than 131 million people voted, or 61.6% of the voting eligible population. All in all, probably about 63% of the voting eligible population attempted to vote, considering spoiled ballots. That is the highest voter turnout since the voting age was lowered to 18.
NEWSWEEK (seriously, why the all caps?) has done an excellent expose on the election in a seven chapter series. It’s super long (in total, around 50 pages), but an excellent read. It humanizes all of the candidates including Obama, McCain, Palin, Clinton, and especially the staff of them all. I highly, highly recommend reading it even though it’s long.