Long Voting Lines: Conventional Wisdom Voters Were Turned Off by Clinton +...

Long Voting Lines: Conventional Wisdom Voters Were Turned Off by Clinton + Trump Wrong


Long lines. Really long lines. With all the talk that the American people hated “both” Trump and Clinton one would think that voting would be down. But if the scenes from lineearly voting states is any hint, the conventional wisdom is wrong.  A significant uptick in early voting is being recording in many states.

Lines to vote were three and four hours long in North Carolina. In Washington, D.C., where you would think there wouldn’t be a particular rush to the polls, the line was an hour long to vote at one of several voting locations around the city.  Opposite of being apathetic about the election, the number of people in line would indicate a great deal of interest in the 2016 election.

In Nashville, Tenn., early voting was up 20 percent. Though being up 20 percent as compared to 2012.  “Wednesday, the first day of early voting, saw 12,303 people vote in Davidson County, a 19.8 percent increase over the 10,262 people who voted during the first day of early voting during the last presidential election in 2012,” reported the Daily Tennessean.

In North Carolina, Republicans cut the number of polling places in half and slashed early voting hours. But it would appear that Republican voter suppression efforts may not be working in the GOP’s favor. North Carolina’s Governor and U.S. Senator, Pat McCrory and Richard Burr, are in serious jeopardy of losing.

All signs point to a Democratic wave. A wave short of the GOP wave of 2010 Tea Party wave but a wave nonetheless.


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke