Skip to main content

Here's some background: In 2008, the early vote in Georgia was 35% African American.  The day of election vote was 25% African American.  It averaged out right at 30%.  Obama got 47% of the vote.

In 2006, the early vote was 17% African American, the day of election vote was 25%, it averaged out at 24%.

This year the early vote in Georgia as of right now stands at 26.9% African American.  And in the past few days, it's been taking off.  On Saturday some metro Atlanta counties had weekend early vote hours and 55% of the voters that took advantage of them were African Americans.  On Monday, the first day of the extended advance vote week with more locations in the large metro counties, the African American vote almost topped 29%.  And yesterday, it hit 30% for the single day.

So what does this all mean?  Will Georgia in 2010 be like Georgia in 2006, when more African Americans voted on election day than in the early period, or will it be like 2008 when more African Americans voted early?  Nobody knows, but I have to think that it will be somewhere in between.  In the 2008 runoff between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin, the African American % on election day was actually higher than it was during the early vote period.

So these things can go back and forth.

What I do know is that here in Georgia, African American voters still haven't been informed about the enthusiasm gap.

Originally posted to chrisishardcore on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site