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October 28th, 2008
04:50 PM ET

What does record early voting mean for election?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Record early voting is under way in 30 states. Voters are casting their ballots either at the polls or through absentee ballots. In both Georgia and North Carolina for example, an estimated 20 percent of registered voters had already voted as of Monday.

In some states, voters have been willing to stand in line for hours while waiting to vote early. This kind of energy and interest is in stark contrast to some past elections where you couldn't get voters out of bed on Election Day to go to the polls. The eight years of the Bush administration has energized our democracy like never before and indications are Republicans aren't going to like the outcome.

An estimated 122 million Americans, or about 60 percent of registered voters, voted in the 2004 presidential election, according to the committee for the study of the American electorate. That was a six percent increase from the 2000 election and the highest turnout since 1968.

But if new registrations and early voting this year are any indication, this could be an election for the record books.

Here’s my question to you: What does record early turnout mean for next Tuesday's election?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Marge from New Port Richey, Florida writes:
It's a sign that shows how crucial this election is. A lot of normally apathetic citizens who take everything for granted are obviously hurting and are now paying attention. Too bad things have to get so bad before people take notice. But it's human nature.

Matt writes:
I think it means that Americans have realized that it’s time for a progressive change in America. We haven't had a social one since the 60's, and an economic one since FDR.

T.J. writes:
It means McCain is toast. The polls on McCain are not factoring in the hidden dynamics of this race. First-time voters, the youth and left-out citizens who are determined not to be left out this time. They are going early to avoid the lines and any flim-flam that happens at election sites on election day. This might be over before it starts.

Ron from Oregon writes:
Having already voted in the nation's only all mail-in balloting, it is clear that people are serious and want their vote to count. Why doesn't everyone just go to the mail-in ballot? It is so much more convenient, and people have more time to do it. And there has never been an accusation of voter fraud in Oregon related to the mail-in balloting. Come on people of oh, say, Florida or Ohio, get with the program.

John writes:
It means that people are tired of this election cycle and more eager than ever to get it over with.

Sandra from Texas writes:
I voted early and came home and took a bath. Now, I can ignore all the b.s. from the McCain campaign, and go on about my business. Maybe everyone else feels about the same, they just want this over.

Steve from Illinois writes:
It means bye-bye to grumpy old white men being in charge.


Filed under: 2008 Election
soundoff (604 Responses)
  1. zaach from OHIO

    That the Republican voter supression machine won't be as effective. Also, if there is a gaff late it's less likely to effect the outcome.

    October 28, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  2. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    A big voter turnout normally benefits the Democrats. Democrats are much more enthused this election cycle than the Republicans are–too many missteps and poor decisions (e.g., Palin) from the McCain camp. I couldn't wait to get down to the early voting station to cast my vote for Obama/Biden. It reminds me of the excitement of the early 1960's and JFK!

    October 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Kirven

    It means good news for Obama and the U.S. More people need to vote and Obama has brought a lot of new voters out in mass. Also it means that it would be a lot harder for the GOP to throw out enough black votes to steal this one.

    October 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  4. Kirven

    It means good news for Obama and the U.S. More people need to vote and Obama has brought a lot of new voters out in mass. Also it means that it would be a lot harder for the GOP to throw out enough black votes to steal this one.

    Kirven
    Rancho Cordova CA

    October 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    God willing it means that America IS rejecting the lies-hate-fear-and-division that the Republicans & McCain have been spewing!

    October 28, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  6. Meryem/FL

    Hopefully what you and I are thinking!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  7. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    Hopefully it means that the lines will be managable on Nov 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  8. Robert

    The record turnout means. The democratic party is finally back !!!

    October 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  9. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    It means that we cannot wait to get "W" and his oil-soaked policies out of the White House.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  10. Venia PA

    That people are sick of republicans and the republican machine and that dems including Obama will win in landslides. HOORAH!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It means a CHANGE is coming; a very big CHANGE–Hello Democrats-Goodbye Republicans-and not soon enough.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  12. Brian Becker

    It means people are enthusiastic about voting for their candidate. I wouldn't necessarily say that means it favors one candidate, but I don't see a hundred thousand people showing up at McCain rallies.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  13. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    A revolution is at hand.
    WE want and deserve better from Washington.
    Obama–hopefully will start the ball rolling towards a better America, a fairer sharing of the profits of all of our labors, realistic taxes, tougher trade treaties, improved public education, and less rangling in Washington.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  14. Francheska , Georgia

    It means that the BEST thing that could have ever happened to the Democratic party was eight years of George W. Bush.

    P.S I am glad that you are back Jack. 😉

    October 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  15. sandi-arizona

    I have already voted. It means that I don't have to try and find time on November 4th during a work day. It also means that voters who are sure of their vote can express it now and the ones who are still confused can wait until the end.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  16. Conor in Chicago

    It means the Neo-Con Republicans will have an easier time shredding the votes for Obama. Of course. they'll blame it on the "Bradley Effect".

    October 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  17. Michael - Las Vegas

    It means the extreme right wing of the republican party is history – finally and thank God!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  18. Mark

    It means that all the Illegal voters that ACORN has registered are voting, since they are homeless, jobless and probably not even citizens of the U.S.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  19. Lene' From Sycamore, IL

    I think it is pretty obvious what it means. It is a sign of total distrust of our voting system and people want to make sure they are not victims of some of the shenanigans they have seen pulled the last two elections. If people are waiting until 1 am to vote in Georgia a week before the election, could you imagine if they waited until election day to vote? I am guessing most are Obama voters so I guess that is a good sign for Obama.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  20. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Steal it, like they have in the past.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  21. Don

    It means that we have stooped so low that no one trusts the voting system to correctly register their vote on election day. Better to get out early than wait in line on Nov. 4th to be rejected at the last minute by a glitch in the system.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  22. carol in Oregon

    ...If you find out on November 3rd you made a big mistake its too late and you can't go back and redo....

    October 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  23. C in Belen, New Mexico

    From what I am seeing here in "small town" New Mexico, many voters want to avoid the irritations and delays that are expected on November 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  24. Nancy fromTucson

    Jakc, So happy that you are back! Record numbers of voters getting out early just reinforces the fact that people are sick and tired of the current administration, length of this ongoing political circus.Can't wait to have a real change in our government. Do we really have to wait until January to say goodbye to George. Can't he just go back to Crawford on November 5th? He isn't doing anything and we need to get busy getting our country on the right track!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  25. Keith - Twinsburg, OH

    More hanging chads, more uncounted ballots, more ballot-counting errors, and a record delay before the country knows who was intended to win.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  26. Ann from S.C.

    People are turning out in record numbers to vote early because they expect long lines next Tuesday. Voters are more interested in this election because we are in such dire straits at the moment – we have had a do-nothing Congress, we have had a president who has led us where we didn't want to go, and we need to kick the good old boys out. Obama is right. We need to turn the page on how we do business in Washington.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  27. Joanne Buck

    People hope to avoid the rush, long lines (which won't work). It's for those who don't work, are laid off, or need time to fill.
    Joanne Buck
    Minnesota

    October 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  28. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Early turn out voting is a good signal that Americans will not be silenced again by fear or any other tactics.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  29. Travis in Dallas, TX

    I would like to think that such a huge early voting turnout is good news for Sen. Obama and the rest of the Democrats, but I still find myself feeling uneasy. With the way that the Republicans have tampered with the system in the last two elections, can I really be sure that my vote–whether I cast it early or on November 4th–will count? It's a shame that I even have to wonder.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  30. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    There is huge turn out in early voting. Which makes me wonder who is John McCain talking to when he is calling Senator Obama every name in the book. Who does he think is listening. We already voted and he could of never changed our minds anyway. He is wasting his time with his gutter campaign, but don't tell him Jack, I would hate for him to take time to notice all the early voting that is probably not going his way either.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  31. Jane (Minnesota)

    Less waiting in line on Nov 4th hopefully. It also more than likely means an election that is not as close as everyone thinks it is.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  32. Danielle, Dallas,TX

    I will tell you this: it should mean that EVERY state should participate in early voting or change Election Day to a weekend.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  33. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Probably that voters prefer to vote now, rather than stand in line for hours on Nov 4th. In 2004 there was a record turnout, which we interpreted as a sign that Kerry would win. Wrong!

    By the way, record crowds mean no more than the tidbit above: Mondale was getting gigantic crowds the weekend before the 1984 election and two days later lost 49 states.

    Polls mean virtually nothing this time, either.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  34. Jack Carlson

    Not very bright as facts come out everyday, although I would assume these people don't care about the facts nor do they research anything.
    Whatever the party says.
    If an event transpires that makes them realize they made mistake I don't think they would be concerned either. These people don't think through all the facts (am sure nice people however).
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    October 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  35. Melvin Sedlock

    The "Perfect Political Storm" This election the Republicians have created the perfect political storm. Not sure the Democrats were smart enough to have achieved this. The Republicians have catered to the wealthiest 5% of Americans. They forgot that the other 95% can vote and this year they are voting. Democrats will reap the rain from this perfect storm to end their (political) drought.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  36. Marsha from Frisco, TX

    It means Americans are tired of the fear mongering GOP and the lies and hate coming from McCain and Palin. All they want to do is divide this country and we are not falling for this again. Early voting with some poeple sitting in lines for 8 hours show that Americans are tired of the last 8 years and are not going to allow the Republicans to steal this election. There is going to be such a turnout for Obama and all democrats that the Republicans will crawl away in shame and hopefully we can prosecute "W" and all of his war criminals.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  37. bob from north florida

    It means there wont be much traffic at the polls on election day, and those with the ability to track early voting will know in advance who the winner was.

    It may also mean that not as many voters will be screwed like they were in Florida in 2000. By the way, Where Is Kathryn Harris ?

    October 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  38. James JOhnson

    Means Saturday or Sunday voting as we've seen Obama can pull off more fraud. We know we are part of it.
    James J
    Milwaukee

    October 28, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  39. Jason, Koloa, HI

    LANDSLIDE!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  40. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm hoping, as with my early vote, that they are logged in before the Republicans can get in there and figure out how to flip them. I'm also naive.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  41. Patrick from Maryland

    Jack – it means people are paying closer attention to this election then perhaps any other ielection in history. We are voting early to make sure our votes are counted properly and no dirty tricks are used against us. It means we are taking our Country back from the greed and corruption in Washington DC that has been paramount the last 8 years. It means a large turnout which usually means a Democratic win. It means Obama 2008.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  42. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    I hope it is a sign that Barack Obama will win.
    And, it is no doubt a sign of how worried about the criminal
    voter suppression that is going on we are. Will there be
    authority instilled fear again allowed this year at the
    voting places? Will there be unjustified demands and
    questions to the voters trying to vote?
    Will they, once again, be able to steal this election from
    us?

    October 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  43. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Early turnout means more and more people are serious about one very important civic duty. I'm really proud of my fellow citizens taking such an interest in this important and historic election. I only hope the enthusiasm for voting will stay with us for decades. Some people don't realize how important voting is and hopefully this election will give some of these typical non-voters a good lesson.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  44. bill, british colubia

    It means a "baROCK"-slide victory. It"s at this point I would like to say "THANK-YOU" (on behalf of a majority of the outside world)to the good citizens of IOWA for having the forsight and courage to choose hope.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  45. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    our system of voting is out dated. we are too big as a nation to have one day to vote. our systems are unreliable and people casting votes are taking risks. we need to go to like oregon has in place. we should have a paper ballot still cause people can't be trusted and i believe too much cheating is going on. early voting this year is going to be in record number which will make it easy on you boys who report it cause at 830 you will probably have all the votes and can go home early to your parties.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  46. Jackie in Dallas

    It means that the voters that have been dis-enfranchised for the last two elections are making sure that there are no hanging chads to haunt this election. I voted last week, and saw a steady flow of people in and out of the polling location. The ones I saw were across the board of demographics, from the retired to new moms, from minorities to whites, and they all looked excited to vote. If nothing else this Presidential election has energized people on both sides.

    Living in Texas, this state has voted Republican for years, but there may just be a surprise in store for McCain. My neighborhood in 2000 and 2004 had block after block of yard signs for Bush. This year, except for one or two local elections there are NONE. Very few bumper stickers either.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  47. Mickie in Stallion Springs, CA

    The large turnout of early voters speaks to a strong desire for change that we can believe in this country and also the hope that an election fiasco can be averted this election.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  48. elida from florida

    It means that we are finally taking responsibility for electing our government. We complained when the vote was "recounted" and the decision left to the old bench, but were we really involved?. This time, nobody can take it away. We MUST vote. This is what real democracy feels like.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  49. Enida from Boston, MA

    Hi Jack, gald to have you back. It means that EVERYONE that has a voice will be heard. Lines will still be long on election day, people young and old that haven never voted before will vote in this election, this is our time to define the 21st century.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  50. mitchell ,arkansaw

    a big win for barack!!!!!! and an urgent need to clean the gop dirt out of washington.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  51. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    It means we may not have to stay up 'til midnight to hear Obama's victory speech next Tuesday.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  52. Matt from Albuquerque

    It's a good start in that more & more people are interested in voting. I just wish that that same enthusiasm carries over to the elections after next week, but I won't be holding my breath.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  53. Joe in DE

    Peple are finally taking an intrest., especially young voters who ususlly talk but don't vote.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  54. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, it all depends whether there is a Democrat or a Republican in charge of that state's elections. A Democrat will find a way to count every vote; a Republican will look for ways to count some votes and not others. We must remain ever vigilant.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  55. mitchell ,arkansaw

    IT MEANS BARACK HAS TAPPED INTO AMERICA'S "HOPE"!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  56. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Mc Cain is going to go on a vacation to Alaska.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  57. Karen - Nashville

    I suspect it's because the "stolen election" outcry made people more aware that a few votes can change the outcome of an election, combined with candidates of radically different appeal. People want to be sure their votes get counted.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  58. David, Las Vegas

    It means that for the first time in years American voters will do what other countries have been doing every election, vote not just register to vote. The percentage of registered voters who actually cast a ballot in this country has been deplorable. I guess we have to have a George Bush for 8 years to do what we should always do as a democracy.
    David

    October 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  59. Nuwan

    America can finally say we are really participating in democratic process.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    October 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  60. Terrance Craion

    It means genuine excitement and interest in the political process and not taking the right to vote for granted! Hopefully, this interest will go well beyond Nov 4th election.

    Terrance C.
    Detroit

    P.S. Welcome back Jack!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  61. Deb n Texas

    It means that Democrats are not playing around THIS time, Jack. We are determined not to let the Republicans inside and around the White House which includes Congress.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  62. Roy - Chicago IL

    It means John McCain should.......(Elmer Fudd voice here)...BE AFWAID....BE WERY AFWAID....

    October 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  63. carson

    It means John Mcsame and his fellows will lose handsdown on nov 4.... can't wait to c !!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  64. Susan, Sequim WA

    It means that people are REALLY fed up! And we are paying attention! And all the last minute smears are getting us even angrier! Peiople want real change.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  65. Lauren Phoenix Az.

    I think we will see a record number of voters out on Election day. I think it's great that Americans are getting involved in politics again. Too many times in recent years decisions have been made by only a fraction of the population. The only way to ensure your voice is heard is to participate. The last eight years have proven that we can't rely on a small portion of the population to make the best choice for the rest of America. Case in point: BUSH!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  66. Frank, Canada

    It means that people are tired of being shoved around with last minute negative attacks. They now realize that they have been duped for many elections and feel like it's time for a change!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  67. Chichi from Bucks County, PA

    simple... the American people are desperate for change which is a good sign for Obama. Maybe McCain should bring up Acorn again?

    October 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  68. Susan from Georgia

    God willing, the the Republican Party loses now matter how much they try to rig the elections and supress the vote of the american people.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  69. Christine CT

    It means maybe we can all get to sleep at a decent hour to find who is going to be chosen to lead us out of this mess.

    Christine CT

    October 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  70. Andrew

    It means that people have a chance to vote on their schedule and gives people a chance to help those to the polls that have difficulties getting there.

    It also should get more folks who normally don't vote out to vote.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  71. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    It means people are more concerned about our government and how its being managed than ever before. Our economy is down the tubes, we are still funding the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, that no one has ever found, millions of illegal immigrants have entered this country and are draining our resourses. People are losing their homesand living in homeless shelters, it goes on and on.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  72. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    It's going to be a landslide for Obama Jack.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  73. Tom in Desoto Texas

    With early voting available in most states people have less excuses for them not to have voted. Many countries have more than 90% of the population voting. Here 60% is earth shattering.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  74. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    In my case, I cared a lot – enough to take care of it early.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  75. Randy in New York

    Since Barack Obama has always had a huge ground game it probably means an advantage for him.

    But, I continue to doubt that all those votes will be counted.

    The GOP will find a way to steal another election. They always do.

    If Barack wins, we as Americans, will move on from the fear and smear tactics, the disenfranchisement of voters, and the racial overtones that have plagued us for the last 2 elections. Goodbye and good riddance. We are a better nation then that.

    The world is watching. If Barack wins The United States immediately gains respect around the world.

    E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

    October 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  76. Brian - Denver, Colorado

    The electorate is plum fed up with the non-sense in Washington so the hoards of early voters makes ideal sense. I wonder just how big of a landslide the presidential election could bring. WARNING: That roar in the distance outside of Washington is a tell-tale sign of the power and speed behind an unprecedented tsunami that is about to wash over the D.C. With a Democratic majority on the verge of flooding Washington they had better get it right otherwise they too will be swept out in 2 years when the tsunami retreats in prep for the next election cycle.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  77. Taj from Chattanooga

    Jack, what it means since Democrats outnumber Republicans for new registered voters, these are the people who will be most likely to vote for Obama and possibly give him enough votes to counteract the "Bradley effect." I still think it will be busy as hell at most polling places on election day and I wouldn't be surprised if the Republicans try to purge voters from voter registry lists in battleground states (esp Ohio and Pennsylvania) who registered by ACORN.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  78. Dick B

    It probably means a lot of babies will be born on August 4, 2009.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  79. Pat, Pa.

    Hi Jack,

    I think it is a good thing, even though we do not have it here in Pa. It means that folks can go out and vote and get it over with. If they wait until the 4th, and they see long lines, they may just change their minds about voting at all. They may think that there is no point as there are enough folks voting already. Also, it gives everyone a chance to have their voices heard.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  80. Ram

    Jack-

    The mad rush for early voting does not mean much, since it is still a je ne sais quoi situation, as they say in French. Unless, we have a mechanism to let us know which way the voting is heading, by, say, an exit poll, it is quite perilous to hazard a guess.

    Ram,

    Minneapolis, MN

    October 28, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  81. Bill Davis

    Republicans will have to cheat more than they usually do.

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    October 28, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  82. N.S , Huntsville Al

    Jack I don't know, but I don't trust the voting process and i'm wondering do they count these ballots now or on Nov 4th?

    Just curious!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  83. Dennis from Albuquerque

    Jack, I hope it means that the youth of the country are finally going to affect the election. But in reality, I just don't know. My wife and I stood in line for 1 and 1/2 hours on Tuesday last week and at 60 we were two of the youngest in line.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  84. Dan, Chantilly VA

    It means that no matter who loses, they'll be yelling "voter fraud!" Record turn-outs will translate into record screw-ups.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  85. Peter TX

    it means we are sick an tire of the GOP! i dont think you want me to elaborate.

    Peter

    Dallas, TX

    October 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  86. Paul R. Schattman, Ph.D.

    Jack
    The massive and by the way wonderful turnout of early voters means only one thing.... the GOP technical wizards will reveal a whole new way to steal this election just like they stole the two previous elections.

    Paul
    Arlington Texas

    October 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  87. Veronica - VA

    Here's a poem I wrote just for you Jack:
    It means Americans will not be swindled, bamboozled, or okie-doked yet again
    America will decide the better of these two men
    They don't want to wait in long lines
    Nor their "chads" to be scrutinized
    In the past, Republicans have been a winning machine
    But Obama is something they've never seen
    He's a Democrat that can go on the offense, and take a hit
    And McCain's pulling out the rest of his hair over it.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  88. Bob D of Morristown, NJ

    It means that voter apathy is waning, and a true majority of Americans are ready to take their country back from the cynical financial-elitists and their dupes.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  89. Michael watching from Canada

    Record early voting turnout is a true reflection of a nation desperate for change.

    It also shows how effective the political parties "ground game" is working.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  90. Bruce St Paul MN

    Two things. First, evidently someone told poor people that they have the right to vote. Secondly, voters are trying to overcome the Republican dirty tricks on election day.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  91. Joe St Louis, MO

    Jack,

    It means our society has finally allowed all people to vote. The one day voting is unfair and does not allow everyone the time or convenience to vote. This could be one of the first election to be decided by a large majority of our citizens.

    Joe

    St Louis,MO

    October 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  92. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    It means Americans are exercising their rights in record numbers because we finally have an elegant, thoughtful, and intelligent candidate running for president. As an older, white, middle class couple, we will be happy and proud to have a man of Obamas caliber in office. We will not let the GOP steal this one by shear volume alone. Karl Rove eat your heart out!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  93. jyll from TEXAS

    maybe it means....A Change is Gonna Come...that song sure has been on my mind here lately......

    October 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  94. Bob D of Morristown, NJ

    it means that Americans wish to stop the transfer of wealth from the bottom and middle to the top 3% that has been the hallmark of the Reagan, Bush, Bush, and would-be McCain years.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  95. Angela-Chicago

    Record early voter turnout means that there is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, passion and concern facing most American about the choice of our next President. We are actually connecting our future and the future of our children and grandchildren to the election of our next president. Election Day is also going to break records for turnout. Americans are ready to restore our faith in our country and to regain the respect we lost in the world under this administration and Barrack Obama is positioned to do just that. Come on Nov 4th. Rock Barrack

    October 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  96. L.E. JOHNSON

    Early voting Jack means a positive way of seeing who is getting the most votes. These so called polls from different areas aren't true. So early voting only shows America who is best fitted for the job!!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  97. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The massive turnout for early voting means people have been paying attention to the urging from the Obama campaign to vote early. This ensures first-time voters will have time to correct any registration problems well before November 4th, and signals there will be a record number of Democrats voting this year.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  98. Jay-Mississippi

    It means to things that voting will never be the same in this country again, that many more will be able to participate in the process. It also means, that the old Republican strategy of democrats wont turn out due to bad weather will be a less effective strategy.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  99. Debra ~ California

    I means the American public is full of HOPE for the first time since 2000!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  100. Spencer in Virginia

    It means that the GOP will have to find some other mischevious method on how to steal this election.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  101. Paul

    It means that people want to be counted and this time big time. I think it will also may be a landslide for one of them. We all know that most likely do to the turn out it will go in Obama's favor. We all need change now.
    Paul
    Round Rock, Texas

    October 28, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  102. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    It means that the American people are weary of the voting process and want to get their vote cast early to avoid problems on election day. If they are somehow turned away or shenanigans take place now, (which we are seeing) they can take action and report it and still have their vote counted by election day. There will be no recourse if they wait until 11/4.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  103. Karen McCullough

    It means that people don't want to stand in line on election day.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  104. Ted O. (Canada)

    Early voting means that McCains goose is already cooked. A large majority of early voters are probably voting for Barack Obama.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  105. ken - florida

    It means that I will not have to wait in a very long line to place my vote for Obama, I did that the first day the polls opened here in Floriday.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  106. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    It means people are tired of the slight of hand the republicans have pulled during the last 2 elections. People are tired of all of the mud-slinging and lying and want to be sure they get to vote. We are going to take this Country back and if Palin wants to secede from the Union, she can try to get Alaska to secede as her and Dude Todd wanted for so long.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  107. Babbs Cazadero, CA

    It means that record amounts of people are voting this year, which is good news for Obama and bad for McCain.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  108. FernieMac in Rosamond, CA

    Hopefully this time the election wont be stolen like in 2000 and 2004

    October 28, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  109. Meryem/FL

    Mark,
    That's what desperation does.
    Democrats keep taking the high road, Republicans keep throwing names.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  110. Elizabeth

    Welcome back Jack,
    It means that on election day when the Bush declares ....."Terror alert has been elevated to RED" he won't understand that this is due to poor Republican turn out. Let's face it, it will simply be too late for the Republican Party

    October 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  111. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Well I think it is a glimpse of things to come in American politics. I don't think the American people are ever going to be pushed into voting for a Bush like president again or so apathetic that they just let it happen. They have lost to much not to have not learned that lesson. You guys will need to come up with a more efficient voting system real fast. Good luck next Teusday.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  112. Dan, Maryland

    Do you hear that rumbling Jack? It's the anger of millions of Americans running from one side to the other....I have a feeling it's going to cause a landslide for Barack Obama.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  113. Frank from Peterborough

    It means Americans are determined to play a role in trying to get their country back from the oppressive policies of the Republican Party and their extremist base.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  114. Sue

    People see "hope" at the end of the road.

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    October 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  115. Mark from Tempe, AZ

    I think it is pretty clear that (1) most of us have already decided who will get our vote and (2) this election will bring in a historic number of voters–especially new voters. The early voting turnout is a positive sign that Americans get-it and have been engaged in the political process. Our democracy wins as result–no matter who is elected. (Although I have to admit I would prefer one candidate in particular–and it's not the one from Arizona.)

    October 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  116. Becky in Ohio

    It means, Jack, that in most states a person's right to vote for the president of our country is still the most important thing they do every four years.
    For those who believe that the Bradley effect will take place in the voting booth, I can tell you it DID NOT EXIST....as my husband and I walked out of the Board of Elections in Ottawa County, Ohio yesterday he turned to me and said "well, so much for the Bradley effect!" I have to tell you, Jack, race NEVER crossed my mind, either.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  117. Glenton from Los Angeles

    It means forget 270 electoral votes. I think Barack just might hit 370.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  118. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    Jack,
    It means we the people are truly excited about being a part of history. We are taking back control of the government as it was meant to be and all our voices will be heard. I just hope everyone understands that the passion you feel to vote early cannot just disappear the day after you vote. Whomever is honored with this great distinction must know they will be challenged and tested by not just others around the world, but by us – the people that elected you to do right by us.

    Doreen
    Georgia

    October 28, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  119. bob from traverse city Michigan

    That change is a coming Jack. America has had it with the rich man's party and the democrats have presented someone this time who doesn't look like a republican in a sweater . You know another rich white guy who's never had a job but claims to know what working people need.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  120. Willow, Iowa

    I got my ballot a few weeks ago, I filled it out, put it in the privacy envelope, and the big envelope and I drove to the county seat and hand delivered it, that day. The early voters mean they are decided, they are enthusiastic and can't wait to vote. they know what they want and are ready. Yes we can!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  121. Craig. Mission Viejo, CA

    It means we Joe the Voters (please, forgive me for that) are desperate for real leadership and are hoping in some way our early votes reflect this sense of urgency. I can hardly wait for the McCain/Palin circus to fold its tent so we can get back to business.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  122. JR in Norfolk VA

    It is a hedge against an October surprise.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  123. douglas in minnesota

    Jack - Americans are tired of getting the shaft; tired of being lied to; and tired of that sick, awful feeling that we are being (involuntarily) dragged down a path that few wish to travel. People beleive that they CAN make a difference, and want to make sure they are heard. This election is going to be more than an expression of dissatisfation with the way things have been. it is going to be a mandate for profound change.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  124. fred p

    It means that americans are fed up with this election and all the negative crap that goes along with it and are hurrying to the poles to GET IT OVER WITH!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  125. Larry ,Va Beach

    It tells me these folks want change. I have never early voted in my life, but Big O said vote early,so I did, in case I had a heart attack or got hit by a bus, I wanted to know my vote counted for him. I hope he wins by my one vote in Va and we go blue.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  126. Dee in Florida

    Jack,

    Perhaps it means that for the first time in a long time the Democratic candidate is charismatic.

    Or, it could mean that, for better or worse, the American People have finally had enough!

    Or, it could mean that want to avoid longer lines on election day.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  127. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    Early voting is one way people can effectively manage their all ready precious time. The public has had their available time stretched to the max. Voting on the traditional election day is limited in many areas of the country with short poling times which creates long lines, confusion and simple complacency for those who do not want to subject themselves to these conditions. Early voting has and will continue to encourage all eligible voters to make a difference in our democratic process.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  128. ken - florida

    Jack: Wouldn't it be nice if all the states that have early voting were completely done before November 4th, We would already know that Obama would be our next president without the nailbiting at 11:59pm on Super Tuesday.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  129. Toni from Quebec

    Early voting means people care about the outcome and wish to assure their vote counts.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  130. Michelle, Florida

    It means political pundits won't have to wait until the polls close to declare a winner.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  131. Ron in Oregon

    Having already voted in the nation's only all mail in balloting, it is clear that people are serious and want their vote to count. Why doesn't everyone just go to the mail in ballot? It is so much more convenient, and people have more time to do it. And there has never been an accusation of voter fraud in Oregon related to the main in balloting. Come on people of oh, say, Florida or Ohio, get with the program.

    October 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  132. Jon-Colorado Springs, CO

    Hopefully it means that a large number of working Americans who can’t get off on Nov. 4th will be counted. Maybe a little more convenience brought the youth to finally realize that participation insures their voices will be considered the next election. All in all, I hope this continues so other voices can be heard over the base of both parties.
    Thanks Jack,
    Jon from Colorado Springs, Colorado

    October 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  133. Jay in Texas

    It doesn't mean much. It just shows that voters want to vote early to avoid the long lines that are always present on Election Day when the presidency is involved.
    Brownwood, Texas

    October 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  134. mac from traverse city Michigan

    It means change is a coming Jack. This Obama guy doesn't look like the stuffed suits and rich guys in sweaters that have been forced down our throats as candidates forever. People are excited about the prospects this election holds for a change in Washington, and they're anxious to be a part of it.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  135. Marie Ontario

    It could mean Americans have finally figured out there isn't anything more fearful than fear itself and are not going to be stampeded into making a rash decision based on one candidate portraying the opposition as being scary.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  136. Rosalynd Florida

    American's understand what is at stake. I sure hope they vote for change because if not, Canada is going to look really good to me.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  137. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Who really cares? This is all a joke. And the laugh is on us.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  138. Alma (Tennessee)

    It means the voters have already made up their minds. It also demonstrates that people are worried about the voting process. After listening to republicans opening admit how they steal elections, it could mean that people do not trust the election process, especially on election day. What a shame that the best hope the world has for fairness has sunk so low! How can we show the rest of the world how to change governing powers honestly, when we can't manage to do it ourselves?

    October 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  139. JD in NH

    It's good news for Obama because it shows his hard work to get people to the polls has paid off. Now we have to make sure those votes are counted.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  140. Keith from Irving, TX

    It means many people are engaged. Don't try to read anymore into it, Jack.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  141. kenneth dixon nogales AZ

    Jack this is the single most important improvement in the last 50 years. we as a nation should now work year around to get everyone on the roles. Then allow early voting in-person or by mail for even up to 60 Days. Our nation needs everyones vote, while you and all the press get us the FACTS just facts. I do not care what anyone else thinks or doesn't think.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  142. JJ

    I hope it means the "Awakening of America."

    October 28, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  143. Dennis In Washington State

    Hey Jack,

    I believe it means that in areas where 'DeBolt' Voting machines are being used, that voters with problems or errors during the voting process will have a quick chance to protest or confirm that their vote actually was counted.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  144. Joe DeSoto

    A mistake are you kidding as dumb as she is I would sender past Alaska to Russia.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  145. jane

    My husband and I voted for Obam, we live in TN, Tn is going McCain what does that say for our vote ? Jane Tn.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  146. Andrea, Maryland

    It means no way, no how, NO MCCain! or Paline either for that matter. YESSSSS!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  147. F. Taylor Ontario

    It could mean Americans have finally figured out there isn't anything more fearful than fear itself and are not going to be stampeded into making a rash decision based on one candidate portraying the opposition as being scary.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  148. paul

    early voting means that americans are tired of the same old speaches by mccain and palin and they are ready for change. it may not be swift, but it will get done. hopefully we will see an end to big corrorations dictatiing employee rights, stop employers from forcing workers to "adhere" to their demands in order to make a profit, rather than serving their customers, so that the big fat cats can get their million dollar salaries, fly in corporate jets, vacation at the best of the best resorts at the expense of the workers and the stockholders and receive bonuses and fool their stockholders (many of which are the employees through 401 k) and walk away unscalthed. what a disgrace for this country, it's workers and the ceo's.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  149. kenneth dixon nogales AZ

    Jack this is the single most important improvement in the last 50 years. we as a nation should now work year around to get everyone on the roles. Then allow early voting in-person or by mail for even up to 60 Days. Our nation needs everyones vote, while you and all the press get us the FACTS just facts. I do not care what anyone else thinks or doesn't think.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  150. Fran, Michigan

    It means that finally the American people realize that their votes really count!!!!! They showed it to the Republican's in 2004 when W said "we took a whooping!!!!" Let's do it again!!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  151. mary CT

    It means that any last minute truths or revelations will be heard too late.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  152. Anika - Jamaica

    Not one thing Jack! The way elections have been run in the past, shows that any outcome can not be truly foretold. I may sound like an pessimist but i am trying to maintain my "Audacity of Hope" wink wink

    October 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  153. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    Jack, I hope that it means we are less likely to have the same results as 2000 and 2004.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  154. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    it means change is coming, and bush better leave the silverware, because we will hunt him down.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  155. John Collinsville, IL.

    Jack hopefully a much quicker and more of a fair count of votes. Lord knows we need that!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  156. Maria Jolicoeur

    I was watching CNN Sunday afternoon it was about investing in gold and a question was ," Do you think this is a good time to invest in stocks?" I think if you have $5,000.00 or $10,000.00 to invest in a company that looks as though there will be a potential for growth, you could triple your investment in ten years. Gold is a strong investment but I feel that it takes a slower time for the prices of gold to go up. Fort Knox is where the U.S. Treasury keeps there stockpile of gold. I wonder how much the U.S. Government has invested in gold. Question; Whatever happened to Oppenhiemmer Investment Group?

    October 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  157. Richard - Knoxville TN

    Hopefully it means that at least the early votes won't be stolen or negated by the Republican thugs - But I sure they are working hard on it -

    God - that is disgusting - Jack, how would you feel if you were tainted by being painted with the Bush, Chaney, Rove & Palin brush just because you were a republican - I mean, from what I understand, 94% of the republicans are what gives the other 6% a bad name -

    October 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  158. Fran, Michigan

    It means that finally the American people realize that their votes really count!!!!! They showed it to the Republican’s in 2006 when W said “we took a whupping!!!!” Let’s do it again!!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  159. Rose in Az

    Hopefully it will mean a cleaner election and will possibly reduce the possibility of voter fraud. I am personally so disgusted with the mention of voter fraud. I hope organizations like ACORN gets nailed to the wall.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  160. Chryssa

    It means Americans can't afford to miss even an hour of work next Tuesday, let alone an entire day's pay if the lines end up being long.

    Boise, ID

    October 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  161. vern-anaheim,ca

    it means voters are tired of this inept administration and don't want a repeat of it,thats why voters are voting early to get someone who will lead us out of the mess the republicans have caused.vote for better leadership,obama in 08"

    October 28, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  162. Sarah Louise

    I think it means that the American public are finally taking charge of their own destiny again.

    After the last 8 years of disgraceful leadership, that has brought America to one of it's lowest ebbs, everyone is desperate for the change we need. In a way I think it is sad that things have had to get so bad in America before people finally stand up for themselves and the country.

    God Bless and Go Vote!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  163. Tyrone Payson, AZ

    I early and think that it was geneous of the Obama campaign to push the early voting. That move is what will insure his Presidency. Git R done.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  164. Ray Kinserlow

    Democrats, Democrats, and more Democrats....

    Ray
    Lubbock, Texas

    October 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  165. ken from missouri

    I wish all states had this because nobody likes to wait for anything that's just the way we are and remember this is our right so we ought to make it as simple as we can but we'll find a way to mess it up.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  166. Jack Hunsucker (Oklahoma)

    Hopefully, a record turnout on Nov. 4th. This election, with all of its fits and starts is the most exciting burst of enthusiasm and rebirth of American envolvement in the future of our country since WWII.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  167. sherrill texas

    It means Americans are going to take back their country and get rid of the politicians who are corrupt, worthless, greedy, and ineffective.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  168. Tom Doyle

    Jack
    It may mean that they that they are anticipating a hugh turnout and just want to get it over with. Or that they want to know early if there is any hanky panky going on at the polling place. You know, like someone having lost your registration.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  169. Kim - Marinette, Wisconsin

    I hope it means record numbers of voters will be participating in the election process. Thumbs up to the first time voters and thank you to those who have always voted and continue to do so.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  170. Nancy from Nashville, TN

    It means Americans are fired up about politics for the first time in a long time. We have had enough of the current administration, and we desire to make a change. We believe that with our vote we can help accomplish that change. Its been a long time since we've had this passion about politics and voting. It's awesome to see! This has been a long campaign and, love it or leave it, its made us wake up and take charge of our own destiny as a country. God Bless America!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  171. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL

    It makes for better organization of voter manipulation and more time to make the necessary changes to assure a Republican win.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  172. John in Arizona

    It means that McCain can deliver his concession speech before election day. Voters who have already voted are no longer listening to his argument-of-the-day and the die has already been cast.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  173. odessa ohio

    i voted early in ohio..i knew something was going to happened at the election board..there were alot of people lining up and majority of them were new voters..i hope that people were thinking about their pocketbooks rather their self interests like guns,abortion and religion that isn't going to pay for your healthcare or keep your jobs going overseas..i will pray that all people needs to understand that we can not follow the same procedures for the last eight years and it's time for a new direction with obama..he's smart and know more about the politics than the average joe or other political jockeys..

    October 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  174. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    A wonderful sign that citizens have been inspired to become an important part of the electoral process. Irrespective of any opinions about who deserves credit for motivating the electorate, this indicates a 'growing-up' of the American people. One can only hope that the majority appreciate their 'freedom' to vote; their opportunities of choice and betterment in this fairest of all societies.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  175. Allison, Pittsburgh

    People are excited to vote and want to avoid large lines and waits on Election Day.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  176. Stuart in Chicago

    I went to vote today. I wanted to be sure my vote would count. I want Washington to know I am watching them and I am not pleased at all with their antics.

    Unfortunately the voting machines are "down" in my area. Go figure! I wanted to vote and the "man" wouldn't let me. In this day and age of wi-fi and high tech why can't they get a voting machine to work before Election Day? Wait until next week and these things are on the fritz. It's going to get ugly.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  177. Robin

    In our small, rural, north Texas town, the long early voting lines may mean that some who are not all that enthusiastic about their candidates may give up and go home. The line I was in was about 5 minutes long, and the lady behind me complained. I joked, "It's a good thing we're not in the 3 hour lines in Florida," and she replied, "I'd just go home. I don't care THAT much." Made me wonder ... could the enthusasism gap when coupled with long lines, result in an advantage for the Democrats this year?

    October 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  178. Landor Maiar from Sweden

    It´s a clear that there is a grate mistrust against the US voting system. Votes that are discarded using questionably methods and outdated voting systems. US have for very long seen it self as the beacon of right and democracy but thats self delusion if you ask the rest of the world. Once in the beginning of the nation US was the hope of Europeans now it is the laughing stock of the world. If a candidate wins by popular vote but gets less electorates than his opponent he lose. Where is the democratic principle of one vote equal to any other? The ideal of US is fantastic, the truth is horrible. Stop thinking you are the best cuss you ain't, start anew and become grate!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  179. David in Granville, Ohio

    It means that Obama's fantastic organization has done a great GOTV (Get out the Vote) job.

    Other than that, not much.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  180. L.E. Young Oklahoma

    I smell a landslide coming and it not in favor of McCain

    October 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  181. Marsha

    Maybe it will be harder for the Republican party to steal the election like they did in 2000.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  182. John in California

    It's an Obama-Biden landslide, baby! (I hope, because with all our problems, a mandate would really help)

    October 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  183. Steve - Texas

    It means this crap has gone on way too long and people want to vote early just to bring some sort of closure to their desicion.

    I sure wish we could split this country into two countries – a Republic United States and the Democratic United States and then everyone could migrate to the country of their choice. How many Democrats would move to the Republican country so that they could be supported by someone becuase that's what is supposed to happen right? It's not your responsiblity to take care of yourself. it is your government's responsibility. The Demorcatic country would mirror Mexico before long!

    Obama may win, but we won't be any better off as a whole in 4 years. People of government supported programs may be better off because they are getting more benefits, but that doesn't make the country better as a whole and I would be absolutely shocked if the medical insurance situation in this country was any better.

    As far as i am concerned, Obam has only worned global warming with all of his hot air promises. The only thing he will be able to do is increase taxes on Americans..........more than he claims will be affected.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  184. lee in tn

    I was hoping that it would mean an honest tabulation. In your dreams!!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  185. garrick

    hi jack
    it means Palin can catch a early flight back to alaska and look at russia from her back yard.
    clearwater,fl

    October 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  186. tj

    It means Mac is TOAST, Cheese Toast to be exact.. Mac and the polls are not counting on the young and first time voters who don't get calls from pollsters.. This thing may be over before it starts.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  187. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I believe it (early voting) means as a people we are having a reawakening.

    Hope is seeing new possibility, finally Americans, and even the World, see a new possibility, a possibility of coming together through compassion, inspirations, and the possibility of our humaness actually meaning something.

    Psychologists will tell you that one of our basic needs is to matter; the arrogance, the egotism, the narcissism, the fear of the last four years will give way to new possibility where we all must matter.

    This is what a leader does, something John McCain will never know.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  188. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Early voting is great. We mailed ours already, but at the Republican Convention, I believe it may have been AZ's Sec of State who stated she "will do whatever it takes...." Let's hope the states that screwed it up the last two elections have NOT lost those early ballots....If McCain wins our flag at the house goes upside down!

    October 28, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  189. Sabuc from Atlanta, GA

    It means people are tired of the Bush "bull" and want to participate in writing the end to that part of history and the start of a new history.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  190. L.M.,Arizona

    It means the republicans can't cheat like they have done in the pass.Eight years later I still asked how on the night of the election 2000 did former president Bush on live TV know that you could not count Florida for Gore even though the exit polls projected Gore the winner by anywhere from 3% to 5%. It is just one of those slip of the tongue by an old man that no one picks up on. It's lost in history forever.

    L.M.,Arizona

    October 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  191. Cheryl

    It means that people are expecting a huge turn-out this year and don't want to wait several hours to vote on Nov. 4th. However, I have stopped by twice to try and vote early – and couldn't because the lines are still long. My guess is that the huge numbers are for Obama and Democrats – new voters, disenfranchised voters, voters who want real change. Several comments have alluded to the fact that early voters don't have a job. This ignores the fact that several people are mobile in their jobs throughout the day, like myself.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  192. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Democrocy at work! Watch what happens if the GOP trys to steal this one.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  193. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    It's a sign that shows how crucial this election is...a lot of normally apathetic citizens who take everything for granted are obviously hurting and are now paying attention. Too bad things have to get so bad before people take notice. But it's human nature. Along with greed and look where that got us.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  194. Sandra fromTexas

    I voted early and came home and took a bath. Now, I can ignore all the b s from the McCain campaign, and go on about my business. Maybe everyone else feels about the same, they just want this over.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  195. talbot, New York

    It means that despite getting iied to, reamed, and then having to pay for the privelege to keep the economy from going completely under, Americans still have some hope. Whomever they're voting for, somebody who shows up early at the polls is somebody who thinks their vote counts, and that things could change for the better. It would be like seeing the first flower of spring in the middle of a mud field.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  196. Mike from Ohio

    I think it lends to a lot of corruption; I'm mostly concerned with the overseas ballots of our military forces counting. They deserve that at least.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  197. cathy, los angeles, ca

    The heavy interest in early voting in a variety of states foreshadows a very busy November 4. I just hope local election officials around the country are prepared.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  198. Charles in Lancaster, CA

    Bye, bye Republicans, bye, bye fear, hello "I am once again proud to be an American!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  199. David in Shawnee

    Jack:

    It means change is coming. To Sarah Palin's wardrobe . . .

    October 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  200. gl, From Pittsburgh

    I wish we could vote early in our state. It is a good thing.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  201. Andy

    Good for American democracy and Obama!

    Cheers!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  202. Michael in San Diego

    McCain is toast!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  203. Mark

    its because John Mccain can do anything he wants, and the american people are to dumb to do anything about it, so go vote before Mccain take that right away from you to if he gets into office

    October 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  204. Trent Lyle

    kaeli is pretty

    October 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  205. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It means Obama can start measuring the drapes in the oval office now.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  206. Stacy Schneider

    It means the majority of the people have made up their minds and whatever lie the Republicans come up with in the finals hours, really does not matter to the American people.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  207. Troy - Marysville,Ohio

    It means that most those people who were too hassled to vote in past elections are more likely to vote this year. I know I have passed on my right to vote in smaller elections because of long lines and not feeling like my vote mattered. That should bode well for the 'underdog(s)' in each state.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  208. Margot in SF, CA

    It means that the "Bush Effect" has trumped the "Bradley Effect" and that the People have a voice again.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  209. dan

    get the libratarian party 5% of the vote and we could see some major fixes for this countries people finally.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  210. Rob, San Diego

    It means more states are are allowing more people to vote early, and publicizing this option more than in the past.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  211. Brett from California

    It means that republicans have cause to be scared because a large portion of the voting population is going to vote this time and long lines in poor areas won't be quite the deterrent that they were the last time around.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  212. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl.

    It means a lot of robocalls will fall on deaf ears.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  213. Buck

    Jack, it's easy to say that this means the Democratic party is back! Obama appealing to the new generation has had a dynamic impact on younger voters wanting to vote Obama/Biden as soon as possible.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  214. Mark

    its because John Mccain can do anything he wants, and the american people are to dumb to do anything about it, so go vote before Mccain take that right away from you to if he gets into office

    October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  215. Richard, Enoch, Utah

    It means to me that people are excited about this race and can't wait until Nov 4 to show it. I was the first person in my small town to cast my vote for the Obama movement, and am proud of it.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  216. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    I think the early election shows the American people are taking back their country. I'm not surprised that John McCain is terrified of spreading the wealth around. It's folks like him and Cindy and Senator Stevens whose wealth we'll be spreading.

    Elephants like peanuts. Let's make peanut butter and spread it.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  217. JDC Northeast Ohio

    Early heavy voting turnout is likely Acorn fraud at its best.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  218. TJ from Memphis

    I voted early...and proudly cast my vote for Obama. I'll spare you the campaign jargon, and say it like this: I am one of the people who had to file for bankruptcy due to an illness. I have three degrees (two Bachelors and one Masters), and I am struggling. If the Republican party would have made me feel like they were thinking about me, I might have voted for McCain. He didn't . So for me, the choice was easy.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  219. E Bowers

    It could mean more democrats are out voting and maybe not. If that is the case, hello big government and definitely higher taxes for you and me, all of you happy democrats out there!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  220. Kim

    The early voting means that people are more excited than ever to have their voices heard. Republican or Democrat, does not matter. The fact is that people are actually excited about the political process for a change.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  221. just me

    It simply reflects that we are sick and tired of the corruption, lies, deceit and incompetant "leadership" over the past eight years. We want our respect and country back not to mention our economy, lost pensions, health care and real competant leadership back!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  222. Barbara E. Richmond VA

    If they are voting for the Democrates it's great news. Honestly I think it means that more people are interested in this election because there is so much at stake.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  223. marcus stone

    Why say change....Do you think the Germans knew what was coming when Hitler screamed change...how about the russians with Lenin.. How better yet, The screaming French with the blood bath revolution and dictatorship of napoleon.

    People are so ignorant. They get caught on a emotional trip and over look facts... I am a black man but I can see clearly..

    Other than the carnage of the civil war...Obama's election will be the saddest day in Amercian history..

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  224. TOM MEYER

    It means that states are realizing that our population has grown to the point we need more than one day to encourage and accommodate more voters. It is so great to see real democracy working and not being stifled by one day voting.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  225. andrea from MA

    i think it lends credibility to the election !!!!!!!!!!! i wish we could vote early in massachusetts !!!!!!!!!!! galvin i hope you are reading this !!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  226. Debbie

    Hopefully, it means that we are taking our rights and privileges as Americans citizens as serious as we should. We are all in this together. This is what democracy is all about. Now if we can keep the republicans from stealing the election by pulling all of their voter suppression and voter fraud tactics,...we'll be in good shape.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  227. former Democrat for McCain

    Obama supporters to nation – lynching white female Republicans is A-OK

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  228. Tim Gray

    Jack,
    It means I can "skip" work to "vote" on 4 Nov. That being said, I already voted early. ;o)
    Tim Gray
    Fayetteville NC

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  229. Pliny - St. Louis, MO

    Unfortunately, it probably means that record vote fraud is occurring.

    Pliny,
    St. Louis

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  230. joshua cruz from berkeley,ca

    Jack,

    Voting early means I save about 1 extra week of my life from hearing sarah palin's annoying rants.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  231. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    Jack,

    It means that there will be great voters' remorse as we begin our new chapter as the SSA (Socialist States of America). But, the media will be happy........

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  232. Joseph

    It means McCain should be really worried! But, I don't understand why McCain keeps saying that he will win the election. May be he knows something that we don't know. We know their is a systematic voter oppression carried out by vested interests. Why don't democrats insist on allowing people whose names have been purged out from the voters list, to vote separately. Their votes should be counted separately, and their information validated, in case their is a very close election.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  233. michigan democratic

    hopefully it mean Hussien Osama can join his racist church
    and seat their for 20 more years. I know Osama wife again
    well not be proud to be a American! and everyone well be racist!

    MCCAIN/PALIN

    October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  234. Ursula

    Hopefully it means McCain/Palin ticket can take the THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE exit.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  235. Nick San Diego

    It means the Republicans will be out of power for a generation and they can thank the neo-cons for that.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  236. Lin

    Early turnout means heavy Democrat vote. With more democrats registered and more Democrats energized by this election, we can only be positive about Nov.4.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  237. Doris

    It means that Sarah and her little ones won't be running down the halls of the White House.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  238. Eugene in Florida

    It means that someone like me from Chicago can vote early and often.

    (Smile)

    October 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  239. Rob Schendel

    What does record early voting mean for election?
    It means that the number of enthusiastic voters is so great, and that people reealize what a zoo it will be to attempt to vote on November 4.
    These early voters want to be sure that they won't be disappointed if even longer lines are in front of them next Tuesday, when they might run the risk of not being able to cast their ballot.
    What is it that motivates these dedicated individuals? It certainly is not John McCain or Sarah Palin!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  240. Dotsy, NYC

    It means people have made up their minds and just want to get done with it. The campaigns and last minute tricks are becoming useless.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  241. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    It means that fewer people will be disenfranchised because more folks will be able to get into the polls, more checks and balances will be able to be enforced at the polls, time will be available to investigate incidents of voter suppression.

    In short, it means Democrats will perhaps have a chance. We won the past two elections, after all. And we end up with W.

    Wish my state had early voting. It's going to be a mess on Tuesday, and I'm working first shift at the polls.

    If I had to crawl, I'd vote this one.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  242. Jason S

    This is a great thing for many people. Not everyone can work in a few hours to go and vote on Election day. allowing people to work it into their schedules over a week or month is exactly what we need.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  243. Jack

    Early voting opportunities are good; keeps the lines shorter on election day. Problem is...liberal news media leaks as to which candidate is leading may have an adverse effect on the final outcome.
    Let's face it, Dems could have run Charles Manson this year and won! Charlie would have been a better candidate than Oblabla, too!
    Wake up people, Barry is bad for the USofA. Worse than Jimmy Carter.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  244. Ryan from Tn

    It means that everyone is anxious about this election. So many Obama Fans. Hooray Socialism!!!! not!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  245. Mark

    Who monitors the votes for those that cast their ballot early and then die before election day? Should they be counted?

    October 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  246. lynnej

    It means that the Karl Rove cheat machine won't be as effective as people are voting early, clearing up problems before hand. And it also means that basically we're tired of this mess and want the Election Overload to cease.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  247. dave

    You guys are as lliberally biased as fox is conservatively. what happened to cnn's standards – like back in the ted tuurner days. cafferty, you are one of the worst

    October 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  248. Ed from Tallahassee

    It will help get out the vote, and in the end isn't that what we really want more people voting.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  249. Joel Parkes

    I'm from Canada and I just wanted to say that I wish we had the enthusiasm your country has for it's potential leaders. Our last election had the lowest turn out ever. We envy the evident political enthusiasm shown by your citizens and, like much of the rest of the world, hope for an Obama victory.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  250. Adam

    All of the early voting means that people are too impatient to wait for Election Day. To those who say it will be good to reduce the long lines that may or may not happen on November 4th, then you don't fully get what living in a Republic is all about. Look a some 3rd world countries where citizens finally get their first opportunity to vote. They stand in line for hours, happily. We are so "satisfy me now" oriented, that a little inconvenience can no longer be tolerated.

    Also, what if something earth-shattering is revealed between the time you vote and Election Day. Whether it be about Obama or McCain, once you've voted, it is too late for a "mulligan."

    October 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  251. J. Miranda

    It means, I voted in less than 15 minutes, and it was awesome

    October 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  252. Dan

    Somebody is going to lose big time. Just like America has lost in the last eight years.
    Dan from Pennsylvania

    October 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  253. Valerie C. - Georgia

    It means two things for me: Folks are excited to vote, but worried about election day. There have been a lot of problems in recent elections (long lines, broken machines, personal emergencies) and folks don't want to face that this time. If they vote on election day they only have that one day. If they vote early, they have a few tries to get it right.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  254. Lynne, CT

    It means we may not know who the next president will be until January.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  255. David - MO

    What is really at issue here is what are Republicans going to do with the ballots this election. ACCORN is nothing more then smoke -n- mirrors. Let's be honest, you had a few people out to make a quick buck who faked some registrations. Those individuals should be prosicuted. The bottom line is that these fake people aren't going to vote. It's nothing more then a way for Republicans to divert attention and steal another election.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  256. Dave

    It means that people like Mark who are blind followers and not critical thinkers are finding their preferred authority figures being left in the past.

    America has had enough of the maverick attitutude from our leaders and instead are embracing reason, intelligence and integrity.

    And I hope, this is a sign that we, as a country, our turning our backs on the path to an American Theocracy.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  257. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    It means we are ready for change.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  258. David

    Well....if CNN could get hold of the video from the LA Times that shows
    Obama partying with a terrorist..it might make a difference!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  259. Ernest

    Early voting is always good, however it does tend to benefit the democrats, which there are some I do support. However, it does mean a beginning to the new United Socialist States of America.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  260. Obama supporter--Already voted!

    It means that I could walk to the early voting center from work and still get to evening church on time.

    And that the vast amount of money being thrown at advertising from every candidate and every PAC and lobbyist is being wasted on me.

    And get those ads off the Food Network, please!!! Is nothing sacred?

    October 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  261. Brian Wicks-Woodland Hills CA

    It means Obama will be declared the winner by 9PM (Pacific time).

    October 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  262. Lovey

    Personally, I hope it is a favorable sign for Obama. Whatever the outcome, though, I think it is a favorable sign for the country that we have finally woken up and are taking the obligation of voting to heart. Far too often we Americans have tended to let our voting habits slide. I can attest to that as my city elected a "crazy" Mayor by a mere 1/4 vote per precient. Our community suffered for 4 years, and it was all our own fault.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  263. Skip - Richmond, TX

    It means voters are anxious for things to change for the better. During the last election folks said that they were voting for W because at least they knew what they were getting. Well, they got just what they asked for. The early voters, like me, are leading the changing tide. Dems. will have a mandate to fix things after next Tuesday.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  264. Patricia

    Pat from Midlothian, VA...

    I am so excited about witnessing history being made right in front of our eyes. And yes, I used to vote Republican, but no more. I am sorely dissappointed in the last 8 years. Barack Obama strikes me as a gentle giant. He is suave, sophisticated and I have the utmost confidence in his decision making. As do my cohorts here in the beautiful state of Virginia. I think this acutally beats out the JFK race
    in the 60's as far as excitement.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  265. Maggie Thomson

    I love early voting. Every voter has the opportunity to choose the best time for their schedule. Those who vote early care about their vote counting.
    It also proves that, for once, the American public is excited about who will be president. We know that the candidates' promises are basically hopes of what they want to do. We, as a people, want to help turn those promises into facts, or at least a new direction. We want a new president to lead the way and we are in a hurry to get there.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  266. manuel Rodriguez

    some like my self working 7days a week 10 hrs is much easer the early vote 'out of the clouds' from saint clouds fl.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  267. Uncle John

    In my opinion, it's a reflection of both the enthusiasm we have to participate and support our candidates of choice and its the beginning of closing down this tiresome campaign coverage for 3 yrs. We can begin to eliminate these partisan gaps & divisiveness; Unify...., and start rebuilding and improving OUR COUNTRY.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  268. Harry Sphincter

    It means more overtime pay for election-rigging staff.

    Harry

    October 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  269. Subbu

    Means people want change in Washington. Go Barack

    October 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  270. S. M. Black, Birmingham, AL

    Jack,
    Record early turnout means that the American electorate recognizes the dire need for change in this country and can't wait to vote a corrupt regime out of power. Hopefully, what it also means is that, unlike in 2000 and 2004, the presidential candidate who actually receives the majority of the votes will be sworn in next January.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  271. Don Lawrence

    It means a late October surprise will have less impact on the election. The California Primary was decided early in the contest due to early voting. Obama surged late but many of the votes had already been cast for Hillary. Any late surge by McCain will be dampened by early voting as well.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  272. Brian M

    It means that the registered voters that never seem to make it to the polls because of transportation issues or weather issues will be voting this cycle. Most countries do this. I can't believe it has taken this long for the US to jump on board. People that do not normally get a chance to have a voice, will! This is the best thing for this country and should really benefit Obama, I pray!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  273. Terry in Hanover County

    It means the voters are fed up with the way our Country has been run into the ground these last 8 years. Come Tuesday morning I will be at the polls early, leaning on my cane for hours if need be to vote for a change, a real change and for the first time in my life I'm voting a straight Democratic ticket.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  274. mike l.

    It means people are interested in the future of the country. Do we want to go the way of socialism and its failure everywhere it has been tried. Do we want a president who our enemies like, are you kidding me. If popularity with our enemies is a good thing then we are doomed to fail, GOD can only help us.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  275. jde17

    Early voting is a sure sign that America is tired of the McSame and his sidekick Barbie. America wants change, and they know that hitting the polls is the first step toward that goal.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  276. JD

    Of course it helps the Democrats...all the Republicans are out working their jobs and can only get election day off to vote....But Obama will like that. Then he can take from the middle income and rich and give to the poor.

    Maybe Obama will spread the wealth by giving 1/2 of the money he collected last month to McCaine??? I think not.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  277. Diane

    It means absolutely nothing to me, because I live in Missouri and we don't have early voting. I can only imagine how Nov the 4th will be chaotic, exhausting, and hopefully fair since we are a swing state.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  278. David from Cincinnati

    It means American voters have finally understood that the mechanics of our voting system are horribly broken. Hanging chads, electronic voting systems that dont operate, voter registration fraud Boards of election unable to provide assurances that the vote counts are accurate...what else can go wrong ? People are taking advantage of early voting so they won't have to spend an entire day in a line just to exercise their democratic freedom. After all, in this troubled economy who besides a Wall Street CEO can afford to lose a day's pay to stand in the voting lines?

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  279. Fred

    It means the Democrats have succeeded in signing up fake names, homeless people, and welfare recipients in masse. Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is about to take over. Spread the wealth from the hard working educated to the non-working, uneducated, and underachieving masses. Watch our business owners run out of this country like rats from a sinking ship when Obama increases their taxes. No businesses = no jobs.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  280. bill from NJ

    I think for this election, it represents positive news for the Obama campaign.In terms of voting habits, it shows that flexibility is being offered by most of the States.After all, it is a disgrace that so few Americans actually vote.Anything we can do to increase voter participation is a good thing for democracy.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  281. G.B.

    Jack,

    it means the people are speaking! We won't let another one be stolen. The feeling of HOPE is in the air, Obama loves this country , and on November 4th this country is going to love him right into the White House.

    OBAMA / BIDEN

    change is coming.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  282. N in Nevada

    I think it means that more people will turn out to vote, and they won't have to rely on absentee ballots if they are out of town on Nov. 4th. The reports of early turnout indicate that people have their minds made up. Also any last minute gaffes and Republican negativity won't make any difference to those who have already voted. For me personally, my mind was made up, and it was a matter of convenience. I voted on the weekend, and won't need to take time off from work on a day when I have a full slate of meetings.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  283. Dan

    It probably means a few points more for Obama as polls indicate that his supporters are more likely to vote than McCain's. However, exit polls in 2000 and 2004 in certain parts of the country didn't appear to be validated by the final results, so who knows? The election is 1 week away so it won't take long to find out.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  284. Reddy

    That means good news for McCain – Palin since most people don't want to wait & hear the repeated rhetoric from Obama in next few days of buying the media time and change the people's mind before the election. Obama can buy the media time with people's money but can't buy the votes from people.

    Reddy, Virginia

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  285. C.W.

    Everyone is so sure that Obama will benefit from the early voting. Maybe there are people out there voting for McCain! It should be interesting to see how the stock market affects the vote. I think that if it continues going up like it did today it will help those still undecided to make up their minds. Election day is Nov. 4, I think the early voting is silly.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  286. steph

    It means that more of us have free time on election day to GOTV!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  287. abby m

    Hi Jack,

    I think that early voting will help the election process. A lot of people won't vote on election day if their employer won't let them, but with early voting there are extended hours, many days (even weekends) to choose from.

    Here in Florida, Gov. Crist wisely extended early voting hours from 8 hrs a day to 12. That's good news!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  288. Phil Skrobacky

    Early voting still doesn't guarantee that all votes will be counted. Widespread voter suppression and other Republican tricks are not what most Americans want and what people expect of the world's foremost democracy!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  289. Neven (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

    Early voter turnout means one simple thing: Less hassle on November 4th! You've already seen many states encounter difficulties with their voting procedure and this method of early voting allows the states to at least get a good amount of the problems out of the way to make this election day run that much smoother.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  290. Nick

    It means that, if new, pertinent information comes up about the candidate you voted for, you can't change your vote.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  291. Michelle

    It means the advertising campaign everyone's been playing in Obama's favor is working... unfortunately.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  292. Ron

    The Democrat Den of Thieves Congress will get away with looting the economy. Thanks for the Fannie Mae mess Democrats!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  293. Imra K3 IL

    It means that the people are trying to make sure that their vote really counts, encase the Republicans try a new voter suppression scheme! Also they know that it is their responsibility to do so, and not count on other to do it for them!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  294. Diane - Cleveland, OH

    It means that history will be made with a record voter turnout!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  295. Aimee , Fort Collins, CO

    I am fearful that the media hype surrounding the early voter turnout and the possible positive implications for the democratic ticket may lead to over confidence from democratic voters causing the less motivated voter not to vote because they assume Obama is a shoe in.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  296. Terry from Cleveland

    It means that effective community organizing with ample resources wins.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  297. Carlos in Alexandria, VA

    I think if the democrats numbers are already leading through the early voting it might discourage republicans to even go out and vote because they might believe its a lost cause, giving the democrats an even easier win.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  298. sharon everingham

    I was so excited to cast my vote for Obama/Biden on the first day of early voting. I think I now know how my parents must have felt voting for JFK in 1960. This is truly an election of a lifetime!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  299. Pat in Atlanta

    It means that it is less likely that the GOP will be able to play their games with voters from the inner city and rural areas. Fewer last minute efforts to discourage voting.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  300. Noelle in Atlanta

    People who are emotional about an election tend to go to the polls as soon as they open. So do Democrats, going by historical records. That combination points toward a higher chance for Democrats to win, from the office of the President on down the ballot. It also cuts down on lines on Election Day, makes it less likely that legitimate voters will be challenged and intimidated, and gives poll workers more time to deal with problems, so people are more likely to be able to cast their votes without argument.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  301. Ted

    It means we can say goodbye to the neo-cons and begin to ask the rest of the world to forgive us

    October 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  302. Geoff

    I live in a relatively small suburban town where no one worries about long lines on election day. So this is just a guess and not personal experience, but I would think that at least part of the record early voting turnout is driven by those who waited on line for 8-10 hours in 2004 and know that they don't want to go through that again.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  303. Giorgia, Irvine, CA

    It means people are tired of the last 8 years and they want to have their voice heard.I don't think it will favor one of the candidate versus the other

    October 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  304. Suha

    Jack I dont trust anything until the results are out. I wonder what happened to the two li'l ladies shown in the courtroom in Cleveland for tampering with the voting machines. Republicans are capable of anything nasty. May God shower his grace on this country once more to make it rise in the world scenario and gain the respect we earlier had. God Bless America...we really need it in these elections.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  305. Rob in Canada

    Hopefully it means major changes are coming to Washington...and to the rest of the world through your foreign policy.

    But, in a free society, you get the government you deserve.

    With both wars spiraling out of control, with the economy collapsing, with detainees still wrongly imprisoned in Guantanamo, with an inadequately prepared FEMA, with broken healthcare, insurance and taxation systems that heavily favor the wealthy through Reagan's ridiculous "trickle down" programs, with lies and corruption and graft...surely...surely...the good people of America will finally oust the Republicans.

    Please bring intelligence back to the White House. The world wants to love America again.

    It's time you loved yourselves again!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  306. Jim

    It means all of the unemployed lazy welfare people are voting and hoping the spreading of wealth will make their government check bigger, sad thing is the country will be in the tank, because he will screw up the country with his liberal thinking.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  307. Abby

    It means there are no more excuses for not voting.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  308. tiger2471

    Jack, early voting means that people CANNOT wait for CHANGE! I made sure that I voted early just in case on Nov 4th there are problems or the lines are too long, and I've encouraged all of my friends and family to do the same.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  309. Military voter

    Early voting means that with the sign of the times, we as americans must collectively put on our common sense cap and be a resounding voice for change in this country. We have seen all the clues of corporate greed, public corruption and blatantly insensitivity from partisan politics to stomach and there has to be change.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  310. Rachel in Mississippi

    I think it means that someone has inspired alot of people to actually care about this election.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  311. Jack in Florida

    Hi Jack.

    It means that we are all so over the Bush era with all of their fear mongering and evilness! The last 8 years has been like being in an abusive relationship.........the abuser keeps the abusee in fear through intimidation, and in turn, the abusee does not question what the abuser does. Our government has kept it's citizens in fear the last 8 years with no one, not even the media, questioning their behavior......FINALLY the citizens have finally caught on to their act.

    We need to vote Democratic in 2008 to sweep out all of the fear mongering neocons!!!! Vote for Hope!!! Hop on the Obama Express!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  312. Bennie

    Hi Jack:

    This is the beginning of change.

    Bennie
    Avon, IN

    October 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  313. Cory - Madison, WI

    It means virtually nothing. Record early voting means that more states are allowing early voting. The same way that record internet retail sales at Christmas time means that more people have a computer and are more trusting of the medium. Hopefully it means shorter lines at the polls for the rest of us come Tuesday.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  314. Ambria in LOS ANGELES

    Jack, this means that people are not taking the freedom they have to voice their opinion for their working government this time for granted. People who didn't vote in Bush/Gore and Bush/Kerry elections by now have either lost someone in 9/11, the Iraq War, their home or half their stocks. The GOP has done an excessive amount of damage to force people to crawl if necessary to the booth – four more years and it’ll be a necessary mutiny to overthrow them!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  315. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    It means fewer people will be told at the last minute that they can't vote.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  316. Juan

    it means we won't see the Florida guy eyepopping again

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  317. Suha, Cleveland,OH

    Jack I dont trust anything until the results are out. I wonder what happened to the two li’l ladies shown in the courtroom in Cleveland for tampering with the voting machines. Republicans are capable of anything nasty. May God shower his grace on this country once more to make it rise in the world scenario and gain the respect we earlier had. God Bless America…we really need it in these elections.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  318. toni in orlando

    I think it means your traditional voters are waiting until election day. That benefits Mccain. Those new voters, if they wait until election day, arent going to have the patience to stand in line like the elderly ones will.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  319. Betteenia, Birmingham AL

    Great question. It means that for the first time in a long time people are enthused and engaged in the political process. It means that people want their voices heard and their votes counted. It means that fewer people with be left with the feeling that their issues and concerns don't matter. It means that at the end of it all there will be the proper change in Washington. It means.. hope! Thanks to all those who have voted early by standing in long lines and going that extra step to have their votes counted and voices heard. I am so proud!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  320. John in NC

    It means you can put this Obama nonsense to rest right away and not wait until Nov. 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  321. Todd

    It means ACORN will steal the election for Obama and the media will continue to look the other way. By the way, the GOP did not steal the 200 election, Gore loswt because he could not even win his home state!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  322. Arnold,WV

    Early voting might help shorten some lines which in turn should help Obama,but you can only vote once so it's not like they can run out on 11/4 and vote again.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  323. Isla Taylor

    it means that more will the chance to vote and nobody has an excuse on why they cant vote and hopefully its for obama

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  324. Phil

    I have resisted voting early because I don't want to be in a position, should something dramatic occur that would change my vote, in which I am unable to respond to a changing dynamic.

    However, giving 190,000,.000 people a 12 hour period on one day to cast their vote creates all kinds of issues for people with very busy schedules. We always here about "rain in Ohio could lower the turnout" or "voting percentages among well educated people is higher". I think early voting will open up the democratic process and hopefullly result in a higher percentage of voters taking part in our democracy.

    Phil in Atlanta

    October 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  325. Josh in WV

    It means I've already voted for obama/biden. Some crazy lady said it was for people who don't work,are laid off, or need something to fill time. My blue collar job doesn't let me take off on election day so Early Voting is good.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  326. Dominic in Los Angeles

    It means we get to laugh long and hard at a Palin run for President in 2012.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  327. Laurie

    It says to me that people are so sick and tierd that they actually are trying to change the government ! But as in the past , they will "throw the bums out" we will move left , till we move back to the right again ... Until people wake up and figure out the two party system simply does not work!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  328. Guillermo

    It means alot of Koolaid being passed around

    October 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  329. Barbara Jackson, NC

    It will mean that I have cast my vote early and just in case something happens to me before election day, I have helped the Obama/Biden ticket win this election. Oh, and good riddance to GW and the Republicans for a good long while. That can't happen too soon!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  330. Sara

    It means people are feeling passionate! Those who can't make it on election day (and in previous years would have just not voted) care enough to make their voice heard. It's wonderful!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  331. Mark in Lewisville

    It means it won't make a difference. America won't elect a black marxist who wants slave reparations. Deb in Lancaster is an idiot. MCCAIN 08!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  332. kenneth sibbett

    we won't have to stay up all night to find out who won.

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  333. Michael, Chapel Hill

    It means CHANGE is good if it is early, if you wan it late GO TO CALIFORNIA!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  334. Charles Schuldiner

    It means Americans are so fed up of W that they can't wait for him to the get out of the White house!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  335. janet in georgia

    It means that people are truly engaged in this election, finally, at long last, after so long a time. Thank you, Obama

    October 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  336. Earnest D gaston

    well jack it means a end to the bush administrations communist policies that have plaque our country and our economy for the last eight years go obama

    October 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  337. Kerri

    I would like to know what all of the Obamabots would think, or how they would vote, if the accusations against him are proved true? If you would still vote for him then we have a more serious problem in this country than just plain polarization.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  338. Janice Pound

    Since the Dems lost the last 2 elections due to the fraudulent, criminal acts of the GOP maybe they thought they would get out and vote before the Reps had a chance to really lie, cheat and steal the election.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  339. Deyon from Lawrenceville, GA

    Jack,

    It means people are ready for "Change We Can Believe In!"

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  340. Emily

    I believe it demonstrates an even broader level of freedom in this country and will allow those who would not normally be able to vote (due to time and date restrictions) to have the flexibility to vote. No matter the result, the outcome will more definately represent the voice of the people of the United States in its entirety.

    Emily Cincinnati, OH

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  341. Jerry from Jacksonville

    The reports are out there that Cindy and John McCain live apart most of the time and had been up until he won the nomination of the RNC, I'll bet you Jack that when this election is over and if Obama wins old McBush will be by himself, because Cindy will dump the old jerk, I understand that she is tired of bailing his ass out of debt due to his gambling habits which is well known in Vegas.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  342. Edward

    It means that this election will be so filled with fraud – illegal aliens, dead people, fellons voting multiple times.... The results will end up in the courts again, and we will not know the results for months.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  343. Jeff, Massachusetts

    Jack,
    It means that voters can't wait to get the current administration out of Washington.
    My concern is that the states' attorney generals have more time available to disenfranchise voters by disqualifying votes. More time to do background checks on voters could result in the removal of record numbers of registered participants. What I'm not sure of is this; Do early votes get counted earlier (or at all)? My understanding is that absentee ballots are not counted unless they have the power to change the results. Educate me on this issue Jack.
    Jeff,
    Massachusetts

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  344. Mike in Denver

    Most of the comments deal with the excitement of voting for Obama and getting rid of Bush. The other comments are negative and talk about how early voting is for people who are unemployed, not American citizens, or just have nothing better to do. Sounds like the words of those who have told me over the last 8 years that if I don't like George Bush I should leave the country as if my opinion does not matter. Sound familiar!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  345. Alex in Omaha

    Jack,

    It means that if most people were like me, they voted early, can sit back in the comfort of their homes on the 4th, pop some popcorn, and watch the beating that the GOP will take in the different races. They can stay up late, watch 5 major networks call the election at 7:00 p.m., then by 9:00 p.m., they'll call the race state by state 'too close to call'.

    The real question is, which state will have the most CONTROVERSY on the 4th?

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  346. Diane in PC Florida

    The huge number of early voters means that a huge number of people are fed up with the last eight years of neoconning lying crap and can't wait to throw them out. We want someone who looks out of the average American – like Barack Obama – not another republican thug and his half-witted mouth-piece known as the McCain/Palin ticket.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  347. Michael

    It means, most importantly, that more Americans are participating in this very important democratic process.

    Secondary considerations are that poor weather on election day in a vital swing state will have far less impact than usual.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  348. Eric in Fort Lauderdale

    It means you guys will probably call it before Wolf can turn on the jumbo-tron map!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  349. JB

    I am in hopes that it means we will finally after 8 years, have a young, inspiring, intelligent person in the white house that will look out for the middle class and restore our reputation in the world!!
    VOTE BABY VOTE!!

    Roanoke, VA

    October 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  350. Hortensia

    From where I was standing in line for 2.5 hours before I was able to vote, it looked like an Obama sweep for sure. I have never seen a more energetic, vibrant bunch of people standing in such a long line. This was in South Florida where everyone complains about everything.....and yet standing in a long line, in very hot, humid weather, everyone was happy and excited and all were verbally admitting they were there to vote for our next president..Barack Obama...including me.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  351. Brian Jones

    The fact that people normally can't be bothered to vote even on election day signals that something has really moved American's in this election. I'm not sure what has moved each person individually, but whatever it is, the effect is that the American people once again care about having their voices heard in Washington.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  352. Ed in Arizona

    I think it means that any really filthy "October surprises" a desperate RNC tries to foist on a gullible public may be blunted. I doubt that Palin would consciously do such a thing, though, as she seems to have a fantasy that if McCain loses, she will be the new Republican powerhouse. I use the word "consciously" loosely, of course.

    However, there is a bright side: John McCain is quite popular in Arizona, and it is clear that we need him to represent us in the Senate. Indeed, I'm all for that one (so to speak), so I've already voted.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  353. Derek in Morrisville, NC

    It just means that people are voting before November 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  354. Korkea Aika

    Hi Jack, it means that for the first time in my years of voting, I have voted early and can now drive fron New York to Pennsylvania to assist to elect Barak Obama our next president. I'll be driving voters (no matter who they vote for !) to and from the polls. How exciting to be in Pennsylvania with the Obama for America campaign on Nov4th.......oh and by the way, it means change is on its way.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  355. Denise- Arizona

    I am thrilled with the early turn out. It shows Americans are finally getting engaged. Why are so many voting early? It is like when my mom would joke about staying home from church on Christmas so we could make room for the C&E (Christmas and Easter) Christians. Those of us who are diligent voters are simply making room for others who want to be involved this year.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  356. Billy C

    Hopefully it will mean that people will really vote Republican early and more on Nov-4.We must save our country- this election with those LIBERAL DEMOCRATS up there in Washington now they will drive this COUNTRY right into the ground if Obama and Biden are elected.Sometimes I wonder when people are going to stand up and say enough is enough.The republicans are strong on defense-so lets all hope we get McCain elected-don't listen to the media they are all morons.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  357. Frank G. Key West Florida

    It means people finally care about taking back their country. We all hope that our vote will be counted this year, especially here in Florida. Even here in our small city of Key West, lines for early voting were 3 hours. Worth the wait to see a change from the last 8 disastrous years.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  358. mhamil15

    Jack,

    I would hope that would start to show some early voting totals instead of all of the information from the polls. I hope that people have seen enough in the last 8 years that they will be willing to wait 12 hours as the people in Georgia did to cast their vote for change. I for one can not wait until Nov 4th to vote for Obama. I have been advised that here in Michigan you can request to vote early if you think you will be out of town. Well I am going to try and do just that!!! So I can work the phones all day for Obama.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  359. Mertis

    Jack, It means that the Obama Campaign accomplished exactly what they set out to accomplish. Now we just have to make sure Republican voter suppression doesn't change the outcome of this election like it did in 2000 and 2004.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  360. Doug

    Hopefully, it will mean that republican voters will head to the polling booths on November 3rd, (because they are so misguided) become disenchanted and return home to forget about Nov. 4th.
    Obama/Biden 08...it's a wrap.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  361. Kelly in Kansas

    It means that Americans FINALLY have a candidate they can believe in and WANT to support! I would stand in line for 2 days to make sure I voted in this election. For the first time since Pres. Clinton I can have hope for our country again. Believe we're not war mongers! Believe we can help lead the world through Diplomacy and not bombs! I voted early to get "MY" country and pride back! Go Obama!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  362. Warren

    Hopefully Obama n a landslide so there will b no question on who the next PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  363. Luke

    It means where that much closer to turning the page on the Republican dirty tricks crew.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  364. DD from California

    It means that people can't wait to get out of the mess we have been for last 8 years. They can't even wait for the election day. People want change and they want it right now.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  365. br

    Its a foregone conclusion that the decrepit party of John McCain and his lousy pick Sarah Palin are slated for a strong defeat across the board. The country will heave a huge sigh of relief, come November 4!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  366. Ben Hamilton

    Jack:

    It means that if Obama hopefully wins by a landslide, we may avoid all those fraudulent voting claims by the McPalin campaign which could tie up the election results in the courts for a long, long time.

    Ben
    Virginia

    October 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  367. Greg Brunner

    Jack,
    It could mean that we'll know the winner of the election before bedtime. If you look at the early voting statistics on CNN's map, in the battleground states that have early voting (such as NC and Nevada) and even in other states such as Arizona and Iowa, about 2/3 of all of the early ballots have been cast by Democrats. If people are voting for their party and if they are hearing Senator Obama's call for change, this election might not be very close. And we can all get a good night's sleep.

    Greg
    Langhorne, PA

    October 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  368. C. Bush, Kennesaw, GA (NW Metro Atlanta)

    As someone that leans GOP in their thinking, I'm hoping for a reality check for the GOP. Perhaps they'll realize one cannot govern from the pulpit and distance themselves from the radical crazy religious zealots in the party. I long for the party of abolishists. The party that believes government has no business in our personal lives. Americans can run their own lives just fine. One's morality is just that, one's own morality. I voted for change; I voted for Obama.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  369. John the Plumber

    It means people are eager for change; over 95% of plumber make under 250k. For those who say plumbers make over 250k a year, where can I send my resume?

    October 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  370. Dennis North Carolina

    It means that voters are awake and have dicided. we have to wait to see who they have voted for. they want to see their votes count.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  371. Bob Fotoples

    It means that people in the United States are fed up, and we are expressing our rage in record numbers by voting the Bush administration out, and the Obama administration in. We want a change in this country, and voting early, we are allowed to express the, "Take That!" gesture that we've wanted to do for so long at Bush and Company.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  372. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    DOes the phrase " I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!" ring a bell? All it took was a 3 trillion dollar debt to get the people out to exercise their right and privilage to vote!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  373. Tim Hutchins - FL

    I still prefer "Election Day" activity. That is a banner day in Democracy. Everyone who wanted to vote always managed to get their vote in except those who had no proper registration. There is always the probability that early votes will be lost either through electronic failures or paper ballots will be destroyed by water or fire during the time of waiting for the real election to be completed.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  374. Ritas

    Early voter turnout should go Obama's way and hopefully make sure the votes on election day are counted, but who knows, with Florida and Ohio in our history, anything is possible.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  375. Mack NYC

    Jack,
    It means that we have reached an Enlightenment period in our Country's history and we are ready to embark on a modern Golden Age. It means a lot to me to see that most of us(The Enlightened) can judge a person based on his character, and not by the color of their skin. I believe Obama will make history not because of his race but because his vision, policies, intelligence, and decisions will benefit our country for the century (Golden Age) and not just the imeediate future. Like Sam Cook sang "It's been a long time, a long time coming, but I know a change gon' come."

    Vote for REAL CHANGE

    Obama/Biden 08 and beyond

    October 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  376. Glen Chocsondic

    It means maybe a few people who would normally do nothing all day will get off the couch and put down their fortified wine for a couple hours. However, lets hope for everyone's sake they do their civic duty and keep flipping through the channels.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  377. John in Dallas

    It means people who haven't cared about voting in the past are putting forth the effort to make a change they believe in. Unfortunately from what I see, most believe the hype. I don't care much for McCain, but he is much better that the alternative. You think the country is bad now under Bush. Elect Obama and you'll haven't seen the worst of it!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  378. Voted in Chicago

    Took 40 min. door to door–with the line snaking beneath the building–used a touch screen WITH a printed readout that I could check–now I won't be in the way on Tuesday the 4th for those who waited till then. Vote early –through Thursday in Chicago.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  379. MICHELE

    OK, HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR MINDS!! MCCAIN-PALIN WILL WIN THIS ELECTION!!! WOOHOOO

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  380. Sam, North Carolina

    It means that a revolution of sorts is at hand. Bush and Company finally pee-pee'd on enough people to make them say enough is enough and come out in droves to take back this country.

    I voted early here in NC and it took less than 30 minutes. I hope everyone gets their chance to cast their ballot.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  381. MW

    My in law (re) registered to vote this election cycle and cast her ballot. She previously held a cynical approach to voting, but she is fed up with the direction the country has been going. The last time she voted was for Kennedy - this is a very powerful statement.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  382. Arlene, Central California

    Go Democrats – finally got it together. It all means I can finally go back to my regular life! It means the Republicans may not have as much opportunity to do something sleezy – – – -!! One can only hope.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  383. Steele, Sacramneto CA

    Early voting will insure accuracy in tallying votes for a record turnout, albeit voter suppression tactics remains a concern.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  384. John in Columbus Ohio

    Typically Republican voter suppression has relied on Election Day hijinks. That won't work for them this year, which is why they're trying to cast doubt on the whole registration and early voting process.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  385. George in Georgia

    Early voting is wonderful because a large % of the population have been ready for months. Anyone who is undecided at this point in the game should not vote. How much do the candidates and the rest of us have to pander to these individuals inability to make a decision?

    Furthermore, I detest the argument that voting early eliminates the opportunity to change your mind if something dramatic occurs. Do you realize how much these individuals have been scrutinized the last couple of years? At this point there are no skeletons in either closet that will ruin a campaign. And what if there is a terrorist attack, why would I suddenly feel confident that a 72 year old man could handle the situation? Ask yourself, if your house was on fire would you look to grandpa for direction? I don’t think so!

    Decided `08

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  386. mcounce

    It is great! It gives all the hard working Republicans a chance to vote. Unlike the liberal, unemployed, welfare recipient democrats, most republicans have jobs and find it harder to take time off time from work to go vote. Thank God the republicans are coming out by the tens of thousands to vote the liberal socialist down.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  387. MINDA - ILLINOIS

    It means that people want a change. I have already voted, but a lot of states don't have early voting. It doesn't sound like it is going to be run fair anyway. Now Florida, amoung several are throwing out voter
    registrations. 80% of them are Democratic in Florida getting throwed out. How unfair. It is no wonder that people are sick of the same old things. I knew Mc same would be just like Bush and Cheney. They have Rove and Schmidt too. Figure that.!!!!! They have also spread the war into Syria for scare tactics, as usual.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  388. Brandon

    It means that people can make informed choices for once instead of trying to guess what is the right choice at the polls. People are finally taking the time to find out what the amendments on their ballots mean for them, and are finally able to look at all of the different candidates for president, senator, or representative besides the democrats and republicans.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  389. Alex from New Hampshire

    Early voting will affect voter turnout. I think the country will see record voting in this election. This gives Obama an amazing advantage as no candidate in his history has been able to turn out new voters as well as he has. I'm surprised the republicans have not condemned early voting yet, maybe they will after the election.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  390. Thomas T

    The early voting means Sen Obama's message is getting throught and that would maximize his chances of winning on Nov. 04.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  391. Tom

    Have any of you hypocritical idiots ever stopped to think how stupid you sound when you talk about "spewing hatred", "policies of division and hate", etc. If your point is one party seems to be more divisive than the other, perhaps you should look a the Cafferty files message board......there only seems to be one side constantly speaking as if they are the ones who are right, and it isn't the RIGHT!! You guessed it though, I am just some oil-soaked, southern redneck, hate mongor, Rove loving Repulican. Next time stop to think....just because it is your view, doesn't make it the only view. How about we stop letting the parties, and more importantly the media, divide us. Think about this...there will be over 1 Billion dollars spent on this election....who benefits from that $$ the most....I bet you Ol' Jack knows the answer!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  392. Bunny, Hawaii

    Sing along with me – Happy days are here again, the skies above are clear again, let's sing a song of cheer again, happy days are here again! Go Dems!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  393. Mike from CA

    Hopefully Obama will win by at least 8 points or the republican voter suppression, destroying ballots machine will kick into gear and they'll steal another one from us. If they do, I am moving to Australia!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  394. Godfrey

    It means that Palin can get back to Alaska in enough time to purchase her moose hunting license for the season!

    Opps....she needs to send those clothes to Goodwill, first!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  395. mcounce

    It is great! It gives all the hard working Republicans a chance to vote. Unlike the liberal, unemployed, welfare recipient democrats, most republicans have jobs and find it harder to take time off time from work to go vote. Thank God the republicans are coming out by the tens of thousands to vote the liberal socialist down.

    Mike
    Southern California

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  396. Adrian

    Jack,

    This means voters are so scared of Sarah Palin they ran all the way to the early voting stations.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  397. rrj

    It means Hillary can sneek into the polls and vote McCain/Palin without anyone knowing.

    She can't afford fours years of Obama.

    Vote!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  398. Tom in Fairview Heights, Illinois

    We are approaching a milestone in the execution of the Emancipation Proclamation proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln, September 22, 1862. An historic change is upon the horizon for the United States, providing its citizens with new hope for achievement of personal dreams, and its leaders with new opportunity to set a course for greater human goodness on a global level.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  399. Earnest D gaston

    can anyone say recount

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  400. Tony in Columbus, ms

    It appears either you don't have any republicans posting to your site or your intentionally ommitting their responses. As usual CNN is fair and balanced(Not).

    To answer your question I believe a large turnout bodes well for Obama. If he wins it will because he got the most votes not because he stole the election. Everytime a Republican wins all you hear from the democrats is it was stolen. I hope we as republicans can be bigger than the liberal democratic party and accept the outcome. With the majority in congress, liberal supreme court nominations, and the coming depression the democrats will insure a republican majority in the not too distant future.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  401. Kevin from Boston, MA

    I think republicans will turn out regardless. The question is: if the early voting shows Obama in the lead, will Obama voters – especially younger voters – still turn out to cast their vote? I fear over-confidence due to early voting for the democrats may make this a close race on November 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  402. Sanjai T

    Early voting is another news story for FOX News to get anxious about and the Republicans to use comments such as "stealing the election". While democrats think of early voting as a way to the white house.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  403. Ben in Dover

    It means we're all screwed!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  404. S

    Early voting means that those who have made up their minds won't crowd up the place for those can't make up their minds for their (or the nation's) sake. Hopefully the voting stations won't be Hell and back on the 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  405. Paula - Cincinnati, OH

    I think it means OBAMA '08!

    I personally feel nervous about voting early and wondering where my vote is being "stored" until Nov. 2.
    I don't anticipate a line at my polling place so I'll go then.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  406. GL - Bend, Oregon

    In Oregon all voting is done by mail, so basically, we all vote early.

    Personally & hopefully, it means my brain can take a well-deserved break.

    Still, curiosity and a "need to know" won't allow me to stay away from the politics for long .... especially the "Cafferty File" ;o)

    October 28, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  407. Hasket in Chicago

    Jack, with the economy in the tubes, being fed all this election coverage doesn't help much either. We just want to be done with it and the sooner someone replaces the current sitting duck, the better.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  408. deb in az

    it means that we can dispose of the first tuesday in november to cast our votes.....i can understand the vote by mail situation if you arent able to get home to your polling place......well when i vote next tuesday maybe ill be able to get in the door a lot quicker

    October 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  409. Steve

    I voted early, and it certainly wasn't because I was motivated by the likes of a radical socialist like Obama and his buddies in the liberal mainstream media! I voted for someone like John McCain who represents the things that make this country the greatest in the world; patriotism, putting the country first, our constitution and free market capitalism. It seems that through high early voter turnout that the socialist Obama and his media may have succeeded in brainwashing many more than thought possible.

    It would probably be cheaper to send them all to Europe to experience socialism than the amount of tax dollars Obama is going to spend making them feel like they are getting their "fair share"!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  410. Stan Lehto

    The last two elections the Republlicans have been intimidating and finding ways to keep minorities from the polls and this is one way of stopping that. It's a dirty shame that this has to happen in my United States.
    Stan
    Yelm, Wa

    October 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  411. Jason, Hodgenville, KY

    Well, for myself, it means shorter lines and less headaches on election day.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  412. David

    The good news is that it serves as concrete proof that this will likely be an historic election in many ways, in this case with respect to the significant interest expressed by voters. Unfortunately it also means the media now has the power to influence the election by publishing some of the early results, and analyzing them ad naseam prior to the 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  413. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    it means people are ready to change now!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  414. Tom the Cook.

    The record turn out for early elections just goes to show how important this election is for our nation. For the past two decades we have been seeing lower and lower voter turn out in both early elections and on Election Day. I find it refreshing to see more people doing their civic duty and voting. My only hope is that those people being driven to vote this year vote on more than a few chopped up soundbites about "spreading the wealth" and other quotes taken out of context by a nervous campaign to promote a false agenda.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  415. sydney

    Obama is encouraging early voting because it saves him from any last minute swiftboat-like attacks. People are going to be able to vote more than once if on-sight registration is allowed along with early voting.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  416. Curt A - Austin, TX

    It means welcome to the USSA – United Solicist States of America.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  417. Taylor

    Hopefully it means Obama will be the next president. He wasn't my first choice, he wasn't even my second choice. But considering the alternative was McCain/Palin, I was beyond excited to go out and vote early for Obama.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  418. Missy M

    I really don't want to rain on anyone's GOP-hating parade, but I think record numbers of early voters simply means people are organizing their time more efficiently. I don't think it's a reflection on either Obama or McCain. Most people juggle a lot in one day between kids, school/jobs, hobbies and charitable work – voting early is just another reflection of our busy society. As for how this modern convenience of early voting will impact the election – only time will tell. Most people I know are voting early and they're a pretty diverse mix of both Republicans and Democrats.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  419. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    It means nothing.
    More people are voting this time than last so naturally there will be more voting ahead of time. However, this doesn't mean we won't be hearing more stories about how someone was not allowed to vote. Undoubtedly, we'll be hearing about that again.
    In the end, I don't think anything will change substantially. Obama and his supporters are being as devisive as Bush had been. The latest has Obama supporters hanging Sarah Palin effigy with a noose in a window in Hollywood. How does that help anything? Other than feeding into the We Rule You Suck mentality of partisan politics today. The hatred expressed toward Palin by Obama supporters is disgusting.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  420. David

    Edit:

    The good news is that it serves as concrete proof that this will likely be an historic election in many ways, in this case with respect to the significant interest expressed by voters. Unfortunately it also means the media now has the power to influence the election by publishing some of the early results, and analyzing them ad naseam prior to the 4th.

    David
    Princeton, New Jersey

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  421. Joel

    Jack, Jack, Jack.....We all know that early voting will ensure Obama a clear and easy victory. In essence, this will only make it harder for the GOP to throw out millions of votes for Senator Obama. We both know what the GOP are up to these days – from false ads to Joe the Plumber speeches.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  422. Gary Cooper

    High early voter turnout means people are excited about this election, and since the GOP has nothing to be excited about, this is a great thing for Obama. The Obama campaign has done an excellent job getting people registered to vote, and making sure people have transportation to the polls. The Obama camp is also the only camp that is pushing the early vote. The McCain camp would much rather have a record low number of votes than a record high. OBAMA 08!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  423. T. G. from the virgin islands

    It means less people voting on November 4. There have been report that a huge number of people are going to the polls for early voting. The lines were so long that many people didn't get to vote until late in the evening. Imagine how many people would vote on Election Day without early voting.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  424. Richard S.

    I hope it means that my looong day working at the poll will be somewhat easier.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  425. Caroline Carder Blue Ridge, Georgia

    It means hope! Hope our system will really work and our votes will be counted. Hope that we can survive this economic mess. Hope that we can bring our troops home. Hope that this country can resolve to love, agree to differ, and unite to serve.Thank you Obama for restoring the most fundemental gift in anyone's life, HOPE!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  426. Mel

    Blowout victory for Obama

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  427. dennis, Costa Rica

    Jack, This means a couple of things...1. it means that this election will not be as close as the polls show. Obama's ground game and get out the vote message obviously has worked and people are excited for the 1st time in a long time. 2. That we Americans can't wait until nov 4th to get rid of the Bush administration!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  428. rondasue

    I just voted early yesterday for McCain/Palin. I feel really good about it but you people that are voting for bo are going to feel really bad if he gets elected because corruption, socialism , scare tactics, etc. will be running rampant. Wake Up People and really think about what is at stake. Do you really want ob, pelosi, reid and all the other liberal nuts running our country.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  429. Michael Shea

    Jack:

    I voted early two weeks ago. It was the first day of voting early in person. The line was extremely long and most of the voters were brought there in vans by the Obama campaign.This has happened every day.

    Some campaigns talk about an effective ground game. The Obama campaign is actually doing it.This was the way his campaign operated in the primaries as well.

    If Obama's campaigns are any indication on how he will run the federal government we are in store for good days to come. The other factor is he is a Chicago politician. They know how to win elections

    October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  430. JT in AL

    Free pass for Obama to the White House.

    Instead of one day for the Democratic leadership in the states to pay people to vote in multiple counties, cast ballots for dead people and cast fictitious names, we now opened it up to a week long debacle.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  431. Jim oregon

    Jack, Glad you are back, Just imagine Oregon having the idea that all should have VOTE by mail concept. Would end all of this mess that we really don't need to be worring about anyway, I do believe most of us in America have more pressing thoughts than If our votes are going to be not counted. Change is good and People do believe but it won't happen over night ! Long time Republican, not anymore Mccain& hockey want to be scar the h- out of me.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  432. david

    why do people keep associating Obama with JFK? JFK was a great American that believed in the constitution, Obama wants to destroy it. he's a MARXIST!!!

    McCain/Palin 08!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  433. Jessica from Arlington, Texas

    Early voting means people actually have time to take care of these oh-so-mysterious registration problems so they can vote.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  434. Purple in The Carolinas

    It means the Democrats will have more free time to think about how everyone in America should be treated fairly and equally, but only if you agree with them. Otherwise you're a fear mongering right wing nut job.

    It also means the Republicans will have time to think about how biased the media is, and how there is such unbalanced negative reporting on McCain. They haven't noticed their guy can't actually articulate one solid plan in any debate or speech, and maybe that's why the coverage is not flattering.

    Both parties are so far to the ends of the spectrum they simply create their own weather. They're both just mirror images of "I'm right and you're wrong"

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  435. Stewart in Charlotte, NC

    I voted absentee almost two weeks ago. I'm independent and get emails and mailers from both parties. The Democrats, for once, have been a well oiled machine, and the Republicans akin to a rusty old truck. This should benefit the Democrats – how much I'm not sure. But if Obama runs the White House like his campaign, there is hope for the United States again.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  436. Kristie

    Early voter turnout means that there is FINALLY someone running that has people excited and hopeful for the future. Early voting means that people are tired of the same old politics of the last 8 years and they are going to be heard. Your vote counts!! Vote early, vote often!

    Kristie
    Ankeny, IA

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  437. Pete, California

    It means that if anything new develops like, either McCain has a split personality or Obama talks to aliens in the last few days that those who already voted are stuck with their choice.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  438. SF in Orlando

    Interesting about how your complaining about how much congress sucks, when it is mostly democrat.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  439. Donald Morin

    Hi Jack,
    It means more votes will be counted,and the Republicans won't steal the election again, like they did in 2000 and 2004.
    What a mess they made of the United States Of America and of the world.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  440. tim facto

    George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who have been wrong about everything, helped a lot of people make a decision. They voted early and they voted for John McCain.

    October 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  441. Marlene, Grand Blanc, Michigan

    Jack, Early voting is a good program. It allows those who want to avoid long lines, or Nov.4th time conflicts to vote. But what it should do is start a national debate of the 50 state voting process, from registration of voters to actual voting. Michigan doesn't even allow early voting, only absentee voting other than voting on Nov. 4th. My brother lives in Washington state and has already voted by mail, and one reason is that by the time they vote in person, the news stations have already declared who is elected as the next president . Why does the "greatest nation" have problems in voting for their president? Marlene, Grand Blanc, MI

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  442. Karol Marks

    That means hello socialism!
    I am quitting my job, and still will get paid. I will get a chunk of what you high earners work for so hard. Thank you in advance. Do not waste your time educating yourselves, doctors will make same as sweepers.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  443. Tim

    It doesn't mean anything. All it means is that people are choosing to not stand in line on the 4th. It doesn't benefit either candidate more than the other and, if in fact the allegations are true of rampant voter fraud in Ohio with people paying others to vote Obama it means we're in for a long, tumultuous legal battle...

    Also, seriously, some of you people are paranoid beyond belief...

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  444. Devin

    I think that it will have an effect that if an October/November surprise were to occur, those that already voted, encouraged at that time by "polls" for a leading candidate, are locked in. To me this is the same as the media calling the election before the west coast closes polling locations.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  445. Ron from SF

    It means folks are angry and going to take it out on the likes of George Bush, John McSame, Mitch McChinless, Saxby Chamblis and Sara Palin. I’m also going to vote against Nancy Pelosi, for taking Impeachment off the table and yes, I live in her district. This is going to feel so good, as I’ve been looking forward to this moment, for years!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  446. Mihael

    The early voter turnout means that maybe the black vote got confused and thought there was some sort of prize for voting early bc anyone w half a head knows that a vote only counts once, no matter when it is cast.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  447. Walter Osborn

    Early voter turnout will show that younger voters have participated more than ever before. In past elections, especially before early voting, Evryone had the excuse that they were too busy or their vote didn't matter anyway. This time is different because we have seen the results of the "I am too busy" attitude. Many people are unhappy with the results of the last two elections. Now there is a lot more early voting opportunites and there is a candidate who is really pushing the idea to vote early and spend the rest of the campaign season recruiting more voters.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  448. Dan in Portland, OR

    Hi Jack,

    It means there will be less of an impact to the election results if there is some sort of 'gotcha' moment that hits the airwaves this weekend.

    For future elections, I think it is the userhing in of a new era.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  449. Mark Smalling

    It means we are not as dumb as the Neocons would like for us to be.

    Mark.......in Houston

    October 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  450. Stuart Anderson

    It means my election night celebratory festivities will include a six-pack. Maybe some brand "Joe" would drink.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  451. Rick Allen, Columbus Ohio

    In Ohio the early voting is overhwhelmingly for Obama. The people that have gotten registered early have mostly voted early from what I can tell. I think there could be a psychological lift to the Obama supporters and the opposite for the McCain side. It could lessen their turnout on election day. (At least I hope so).

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  452. Chris Huggard

    Early voting will give working Americans a much greater chance of exercising their rights to the franchise. It will also give traditionally disenfranchised folks a chance to check to see if they are properly registered. And if they find out they aren't, they can at least take measures to figure out what they must do to keep from being disenfranchised in the next election (obviously it would be too late to re-register at this point). It should also save people time in that they can vote more quickly. Regardless, we still need a national voting day for presidential elections!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  453. Roger P

    The record early voter turnout will result in a demoralizing blow to the Republican hopes when they've seen that the early results showed a commanding lead for Obama/Biden. Despair will likely set in for Republican voters, and they won't even shown up to vote on election day since the feeling will be that their vote won't matter anyway.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  454. Matt in Michigan

    It means that a lot of people will be safe at home from the riots when Obama loses. Or they will be at home safe from the riots when Obama wins. Either way I will be at home orgazing my supplies for defense against a riot and celebrating a narrow victory for freedom. Or I will be at home organizing my supplies and digging in for the coming fight against the Socialist regime in a once great country.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  455. Jennifer - Iron Mountain MI

    I can tell you what it doesn't mean.... It doesn't mean that we get an early reprieve from the commercials, yard signs, and all the yacking on TV. That would be welcome.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  456. Alan Prekup

    It shows how important this election is and how concerned Americans are with how and who will be running the country for the next four years. Happy Halloween

    October 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  457. Matt in NC

    Early voting can only mean good news for the Democratic party. After the last two elections did you hear any stories about Republican voters not having their votes counted? I didn't either... This time around, Democratic voters are making certain that their votes count.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  458. Eric - an Independant voter in Maryland

    Early voting in the past decades seemed to favor the Republicans as most were from the military etc.. With the high voter turnout expected this year and the option of early voting by many states, including Florida which will be a toss up, it more than likely will favor Democrats as a whole. Also remember that 70% of those who voted in the primaries, as a whole, I believe were Democrats. This will an interesting election to watch. I personally wish we had a viabel 3rd party candidate as I am not too excited about either one!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  459. tim facto

    George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who have been wrong about everything, helped a lot of people make a decision. They voted early and they voted for John McCain.

    tim in des moines, iowa

    October 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  460. Jon

    I live in the reddist state in the Union (Utah) – pro-Bush in the last two elections. I have yet to see a McCain/Palin sign in a front yard but there are many Obama/Biden signs ... at least in my neighborhood. That speaks volumes to me. I would suggest that the large early voting turnout probably reflects not so much the categories of Democrats or Republicans but instead the category of thinking individuals (I sometimes suspect that these are mutually-exclusive sets) who are eager to wash off the stink of the past eight years.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  461. NOBOMA 2008, PA

    It means that I can vote as many times as I want since ACORN let me register 142 times. And I know my votes will count because Obama paid $800,000 to make sure it could... = Shame without the o's.

    If the tables were turned, believe me, the media would be all over it!

    Quite frankly no one should vote without providing ID... We have the right to work, but you have to fulfill I9s to obtain the job. You shouldn't be able to make up your own rules as you go along.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  462. Ricky667

    My state does not do early voting unless by absentee ballot, and you have to have a great excuse to get one so it wont effect me here in the great North Star State.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  463. mike ferrell

    It means that all these people in a rush to put the Democrats in charge of everything won't have time to re-think the dangers inherent in so doing......until it is too late.

    These folks need to keep in mind that "W" is gone, regardless. But next to him, the most unpopular politicians have been in Congress, largely Democrat.

    Obama (no experience, just knows how to speak), Pelosi, Reid.....that is enough to scare anyone who is really thinking about it, and not just being bought with millions in advertising, or being swayed by the obvious bias in the press.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  464. EWN

    It very good for Obama/Biden, more time for all those falsely, illegally registered ACORN votes to cast.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  465. Craig

    Jack.
    Just means exchanging one set of incompetent, crooked, power hungry Bozo's for another set of the same.

    Glad to have you back old buddy.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  466. Jon W

    It means exit polls will be less usefull than ever. Another reason to ignore media projections until the fat lady sings on Tuesday.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  467. MSA

    It means that this process will never be the same! I stood in line 3 1/2 hours yesterday watching the smiling faces determined to make their vote count!

    It will mean the best ticket will prevail not just from democrats voting, but also republicans and independents united for change!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  468. Mike

    Jack,
    Welcome Back!!
    It has taken 8 years of total corruption for people to realize that Democracy should never ever ever be taken for granted. It needs to be under constant vigilance by the people, and voting is one of the obvious and necessary ways to show one's appreciation for freedom. Now if only we will monitor changes to the constitution with the same enthusiasm as we are seeing in the voting process, people like Bush, Cheney, Rove and the boys (and girls) will never ever again achieve the kind of power that they currently have and the world will be most definitely be better place for all of us. Hope to see Obama roll back ALL of Bush’s tinkering with the laws including the secret ones that are still waiting in the wings to bite us in behind when we least expect it.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  469. Ron

    Jack:
    It means Obama understands that it doesn't matter how many newly registered voters the Dems have, if they don't vote. Getting that voting bloc to vote early is a clear win for Obama –and the Democrats in the House and Senate that he will no doubt be bringing in on his coattails.

    Ron
    Laguna, CA

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  470. Joan

    It means voting finally means something to the american public as a whole, not just a few like it usually does.

    Tell why the heck don't more states go to voting by mail? I really think this should be investigated. Works great in Oregon... and we're really not all that backwards over here..

    October 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  471. Andres Serra

    Hopefully effective!, but i do not trust the BUSH- MCCAIN administration, they may have time to rig the votes, too.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  472. Ann Bornstein

    it means: OBAMA 08!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  473. Brad,Illinois

    Here’s my advice to Sen. Barack Obama’s supporters: Stop predicting that the Democrats will sweep into the White House and Congress come January with a mandate to expand Big Government.

    That prospect, coupled with some of your candidate’s own tax and health-care plans, could scare swing voters you need next Tuesday.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  474. Dave Pedrotti

    Early voting is not constitutional. The constitution says voting may take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. If there is some reason that everyone can't vote that day they can fill out an absentee ballot. If there is some reason all Americans can't vote that day then we have to change our voting equipment so that we can. What if some candidate really shows thier true colors in the last few days of the campaign and was found out to be a real lunatic? If 1/3 of the country has voted by then and can't take their votes back. We could end up electing another lunatic like GWB. The founding fathers got most things right in the constitution and voting was one of them.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  475. Jennifer - Iron Mountain MI

    Here's a thought... if you vote early and you personally are exempt from the robo-calls, TV ads and all emails forwarded from "good meaning friends". You want this country to vote early, offer them something that they could actually deliver.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  476. Marisol - Plano, TX

    It means that with the LONGEST primary election ever behind us, and a vicious presidential election season that never seems to end in our daily lives, people are just ready to seal the deal!

    I think that this is a very good sign for Obama! I believe Candy said that for Obama, the days are too long, for McCain, the days aren't long enough. Maybe Obama supporters are feeling his sense of urgency to roll up the sleeves and get to work already.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  477. Star

    Are we just going to elect a new President and let Bush walk away scott free? I think he should be handcuffed and dragged from the Presidential office and the truth should be forced out of him. While we are at it, let's drag Bill Clinton and Bush Sr. into the frey. The American people deserve the truth, no matter what!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  478. CHERI

    Jack,
    This means the democrats are back and enthused!!!!!
    This is an election we have to win, we do not want the right wing hate machine back in office.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  479. Mark Sardelis

    Charlie Crist just extended early voting in Florida. This is a huge nonpartison gesture.
    This is what voting in a true democracy is all about.

    The early voting record means that constituents are seeking a major change and they want to express that as soon as possible.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  480. Adam Nashville

    It means that there is a repremand out on the Bush Administration and the Republicans. The Election is not about race, but the fact that the American Middle Class has been so crapped on that the Masses have finally woke up and are now standing up! The early voting also shows that the American people will not allow another 2000 to happen or 2004's Fear Campaign by the Republicans to occur. Hear our Voices Loud and Clear now YOUR OUT OF JOBS Republicans!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  481. Joseph E. Gaskins

    Jack if you see a mouse running around saying vote for me dont feel bad, just John Mccain crying the blues. If i was John Mccain instead running for commanding chief i be down to the social security office begged for my pension, because we dont need a old commanding chief, because his mind is destroy due to the war.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  482. Kansas For Obama

    It means that it's possible for Republicans to steal those early votes & somehow substitute all the Obama votes for McLaim

    They'll only win by cheating...

    October 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  483. debessai assenni

    Jaclk, a pleasure to have you back.
    I voted early and if my chat with many voters turn out to be true. Obama will be the next president of the USA.

    Sam

    October 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  484. Robyn England

    It means that a ton of non-educated people are out their voting and they are voting for the wrong reasons. Too many people this go round see the election as a popularity contest and not about what's best for our country (i.e. lower taxes on business so there can be more jobs, off-shore and ANWAR drilling to become more independent). This is not the time to do the "in" or "cool" thing. I didn't go to college and continue to work my butt off to bring home the bacon for others.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  485. janet

    Thank GOD the American people have smartened up and are voting early and voting for the man who is going to change the very face of America. I have been a diehard Republican all my life, and for the first time, I really feel that my decision to vote for Obama is the right choice. He will raise the bar for all Americans. I at 58 have not alot of life left, but I have four beautiful granddaughters and a grandson on the way. It is for the future of my kids and my grandkids that I have so firmly put my faith behind the man names OBAMA. I do not care what his name sounds like, he is a truly beautiful human being and will fight for the everyday "Joe". BaROCK on!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  486. Ken

    It means a change is about to come. A new day in American politics is about to emerge. Its the passing of the torch from the baby boomers to the X-generation. It means America will once again take its place in the world and lead. It feels good.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  487. Sheldon Barnes

    Early voting is a clear sign of eagerness for change in the White House and Congress that will bring about much needed change in our domestic and foreign policies. After the election, the mandate should be clear to the Democratic Party.

    Sheldon
    Springfield, MA.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  488. Bob

    It means that Obama will win by a landslide, because most of those early voters were recruited by Democrats, they will have registered when they voted and will not have their credentials verified, and the Democrats will have won due to their usual underhanded methods.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  489. Angela

    I actually thought there would be some intelligence written about early voting. I was wrong, I early voted and it certainly did not help the democrats!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  490. Gregory

    A strong showing for Obama in the early voting category is indicative of the enthusiasm his supporters have for the campaign. However, those who vote early are in the minority and can be considered over-enthusiastic voters and in no way can be used to predict how Obama will fare on election day. I wouldn't discount McCain/Republican voters who are more traditional in nature and can be relied upon to ACTUALLY show up to vote on election day.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  491. Martimr1

    It's another brilliant strategic move by the Obama campaign. He and his ground team have been on the air, on the web, and on the streets admonishing everyone to vote early if they can. It neutralizes the Republican tactic of disenfranchising voters they consider "marginal" (who coincidentally tend to vote Democratic) by means of various caging methods.

    Here in Colorado, I voted last week, my daugher yesterday.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  492. rondasue

    What does it take to get a comment posted on this blog? This is how I know that CNN is biased. This reminds me of what a bo Presidency will be like. If you don't like what is being said you just shut em down.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  493. Jacquie, Minnesota

    I wish we had early voting. I think it will help Obama and it should – he is the better candidate. Not to mention without his efforts, people wouldn't be out voting in the high numbers that they are. Obama got over 100,000 people at his rally this weekend. In the same area, McCain only got 4,000 – what does that tell you. People are excited to try something new.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  494. Mary Groarke

    Jack,

    Welcome back! I am an American citizen, living in Ireland, and I voted for Obama via absentee ballot. Btw, on a recent visit to the US, I tried to buy your book in four bookstores in Massachusetts and it was not available. Are you aware of this? I was so disappointed!

    Go Obama!

    Mary, Ireland

    October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  495. Pat in Georgia

    I think it means that a whole lot of folks are excited about voting in this election. I voted in Gwinnett County, Georgia yesterday and it took over 6 hours. In spite of the slow process, the crowds didn't dwindle all day - and the line was just as long at 4:30 PM as it was at 10:15 AM when I got there. Election workers seemed overwhelmed.

    But voters didn't leave – and some got creative when it became apparent that lunch wasn't going to happen... One group had pizza delivered to the parking lot and a local fast food place brought chicken sandwiches and soft drinks to sell to the folks in line.

    No one was talking politics. I have no idea who any of the people around me in line were voting for. While it would have been great to vote more quickly, it was very inspiring to see the large number of diverse Americans who came out early and were willing to wait to cast their votes.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  496. Dave

    It's simple. The election is going to set turnout records and I do not want to miss casting my vote. Early voting is the vehicle to assure my vote gets placed, and hopefully, counted. Obama may be planning his party, but I will do my part to keep him out of office by proudly casting my vote for the McCain ticket. God help us if Obama ends up winning this one. Des Plaines, IL.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  497. Jasmine in Germany

    A better GNP and production rate for our country on November 4th. Less people will be late or miss time at work because they voted during their spare time in advance. Less traffic jams, less air pollution, less waiting in line. Voting is made easier for people, more people will vote, and we've got lots of new and/or inspired voters.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  498. amarie / Altanta

    It means democracy is alive and well and the country can start to rebuild to the nation we once were internally and around the world.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  499. G of Atlanta

    I think that it is a combination of many things. For me it meant that I had made up my mind a long time ago and saw no reason to put off casting my vote. The prospect of very long lines on election day was added inspiration to get out there and cast my vote now.

    P.S.: For those who think that the early votes are being tallied now, the polling place that I went to said that the early and advanced votes will not be tallied until election day. Probably to ensure that early voting results have no influence on votes cast later or on election day.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  500. Andrew

    It can mean your vote will be counted, if they still count them. But it can also mean, if your favourite canidate changes thier perspectives and views, you have no ability to change your vote.

    But, that should not matter, since most people vote as if they are voting for thier favourite dancer or singer, on petty superficial reasons.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  501. Sam

    It means we should have always had early voting and mail-in voting so everyone has a better chance to consider their choices at their leisure at home rather than at the voting booth on a workday in the middle of the week when many people don't have the time.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  502. Michael Raleigh NC

    Hopefully it means our eight year national nightmare that has been the Bush Administration is coming to an end.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  503. Brian , Minneapolis, MN

    It means we will finally have a solid chance at having a clean vote, with time to allow for people who otherwise cannot vote early. It also means that the time has come for this nation to consider a national holiday called "Voting Day". By offering this as a national holiday, there will be no more opportunities for "disenfranchising" and finally, the opportunity for EVERYONE to have an equal chance at election time will come to fruition.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  504. Ed - Eagan , Minnesota

    Jack I think early voting is a great idea especially after the poll disasters we saw back in 2000 and 2004.

    People who care for this country are on fire and if they can express their patriotism by voting early that's better for all of us. I still expect the polls to be busy on 11/4/2008, but think of how much busier they would be without those early voters?

    This is the Democrats year and I'm proud to say I'm a devote Democrat. Hoepfully we'll have a 60 majority in the Senate and then the Republicans can feel the sting of a new style of swift boat politics hosted by the Democrats.

    So long McLame and Failin Palin, so long Bush the worst President in American history – don't let the screen door hit your butt on the way out!!

    The next 4 years will be tough but the results will be a full restoration of the Middle Class.

    Stay tuned on 11/4/2008 for a Democrat landslide and congrats to Obama and Biden for running a clean campaign that focused on the real issues affecting the American people instead of trying to promote fear and hatred, which has become the norm for the Republican party.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  505. Cheri , from Arizona

    Sr. has this country forgot what we stand for ? Life, Liberty, and that all people are equal. But if a crime has been commited which is a
    felony, and that so called person is a Senator, he is as equal to any-
    one that breaks the law. But this isn't the issue here– is it ? Which
    one is the better , and is more capable to run the USA . Am a reg. Democrate but will vote the othe party because of the knowlege this
    man has. In 4 yrs. Obama would be great but he has alot of learning
    to get with all people of the USA.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  506. Daniel in Milwaukee

    Jack,
    It means that people are enthusiastic about voting Bush out of office
    I just hope most of them are equally enthusiastic about voting for change we can believe in.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  507. brian in nh

    It means that a McCain/Palin victory will be extra sweet, knowing how crushed all the venomous shrill liberal commenters here will be.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  508. Adam - Portland, OR

    In Oregon, ballots usually go out 2 weeks before the election. Once they arrive in the mail, we can vote from that point forward, until the polls close election night. We send them back through the mail or deliver them to drop boxes throughout the community. Here I haven't noticed much difference this election year; however, I'm sure that there's been a spike in other states.

    I believe that that high number of early voters can be contributed to two reasons:
    1) American's have a lot more invested in this election. We've followed it for months and months now. Billions of dollars have been spent to capture our votes. We don't want to chance not being able to vote on election day!
    2) Polarization of agendas. With big problems screaming out for real solutions, we feel that the only way that we can change things is by voting and sending a message to our leaders. In many cases this is a message of discontent and a mandate for change!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  509. Gayle Liberty, Texas

    Jack: To me, early voter turnout, is certainly a sign that Americans, all Americans, are just fed up with the Congress, President Bush, the war, the way the economy is going and the Wall Street bail-out, just to name a few. Really sad, though, that it takes all this to get this many people out to vote, when so many men and women have died over the years to give us that right. I find that a lot of people say that they think their vote won't count anyway. Well, I believe our votes do count; each and every one. Even with faulty machines and Acorn, we must do our duty. And pray that God will be with us when we make that important choice. God bless America!!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  510. Lavoris Langley

    Simple Jack, walk on water.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  511. J. Weaver

    Record early voting must mean that people want and are ready for change. They are willing to stand up and be counted to make change happen. The current situation has gotten so bad and is so out of control that it has turned the apathetic into activists. Voting provides a feeling of empowerment during some of the worst economic and political times most of us have ever experienced. We don't want to continue this deterioration. We hope for integrity, progress, and unity and want to move beyond the backward, freaky gimmicks and sloppy speech patterns of Sarah Palin and her elderly boss. We vote early for change and the possibility that we can quickly get to the business of feeling good about our futures again. Tampa, Florida

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  512. Farooqi

    It means that the expected much anticipated endorsement of McCain (hey we all know what happned in 2004) from Bin Laden would have a little impact on the naive voters.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  513. Tom

    I think it means two things.

    1: With record turnout expected coupled with delays and long lines, only a fool would wait till Nov. 4.

    2: Obama has excited so many young Americans they just can't wait to vote, especially for the first time

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  514. DW

    To the extent that Obama voters take advantage of early voting, it helps Obama withstand the inevitable eleventh-hour flood of Jeremiah Wright video from the Republicans. To counter its effect, the GOP would have to begin their Wright-a-thon earlier, and spend more money.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  515. S. Clark

    It means people are not buying the argument that the dems are tax and spend – after all look at who has been in power for the past 8 years! Republicans (with the exception of the last two!) Perhaps we think it's better to be taxed and spend that money than to Borrow our country into debt so deep that calling ourselves the "riches nation in the world" is a joke beyond anything else we have ever heard.
    S Clark
    Georgia

    October 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  516. Heidi

    It means that in NC where already a million ballots have been cast there is a lot of wasted money wasted on TV ads. It means I can ignore the negative garbage from a particular ticket that has made me soooo tiiirrreeeedd. With my vote cast, I can leave this season and move on to the next.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  517. Brian Riback

    I honestly don't understand why they have ONE DAY for voting to begin with? Why can't it just be, "You can vote between October 15 – November 4th?" What possible reason do we do this? It's 2008...sometimes we have to adapt to things since 1787...people are busier...there's more people/voters. Maybe we need a little more time.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  518. Dennis

    The only way McCain will win next week if he becomes God and just do what he wants.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  519. JOEL B. from Texa

    Voters are afraid that if they wait until electon day, there will be too many problems or detterents for them to vote. I am thankful that the votes are getting out now, maybe it will lessen the strain on the 4th.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  520. Syam Unnithan, New Orleans.

    It's great news for democracy. I'm sure there are efforts going on to
    'rig' this election too.
    National election day must be a holiday. It's going to favor the democrats, so, Republicans won't go for it.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  521. Reine Assana

    The earlier peopel vote, it decreases the crowds and potential of people being discouraged to wait in lines on election day.
    Also I believe it works to Obama's advantage with new registered voters.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  522. Greg Hodges

    It means the majority of Americans have finally come to their senses, and are about to pay the Republican slime machine back for all the lies, hate, and power trips that have sickened millions of people all over the world for the last 8 years. Bon Departe Bush/Cheney/McCain. Translation: GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  523. Jeff

    It means that ACORN will be able to get in more illegal votes!! Come on people wake up. NOBAMA

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  524. Michael

    Unfortunately it means the media will have a test in holding their peace, because you will have a good indicator of the results before you aire the Nov. 4th election results! We will be giving the grades.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  525. jason

    It opens the door up to all kinds of fraud.

    I plan on voting for Obama and I think it's obvious the early voting will clearly help him, but there are lots of inherent risks by doing this over weeks instead of on one day. So even though it will help the Dems, I don't think it is very sound.

    Jason
    Baltimore, MD

    October 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  526. Sue from Modesto

    It shows that people care more than they ever have before. I don't see it as impacting the final results. Early voters have already made up their minds.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  527. Rhonda from Texas

    It means that this is a different electorate. Americans are paying attention and will not be fooled this time. The Republicans need a new message for a changed country.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  528. claudia catalon-houston, tx

    Early voting is a beautiful thing. Maybe at least some of our votes
    can be couted rather than stolen by the Republicans.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  529. Pat in San Diego

    He's got to get in his time machine and go back to where he aligned himself with this sinking ship called the Republican Party. Sorry John, not your year! Looks like George Bush is going to sink another election for you.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  530. Bob

    I am one republican that fully understands the cry for change. I can even agree that republicans need to pay a price for supporting Bush and that price could very well be both the congress and the white house.

    Having said that, I just don't understand how you can print emails from people like Kirvin. He states "Also it means that it would be a lot harder for the GOP to throw out enough black votes to steal this one". Don't you people take any pride at all in helping to erase the vast amount of ignorance that lead to statements that are so in error? Yes, Bush has been a terrible president. But no, you are as aware as I am that the republicans have never been responsible for throwing out black votes.

    Your support of these kinds of statements is exactly the reason why we have two campaigns that are 100% wrapped in retoric with zero discussion of today's problems and possible solutions.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  531. wakeupamerica

    It means CHANGE is finally coming in this country and American voices will be heard instead of suppressed. Bush fooled us in 2000 and 2004. McGimmick won't do it in 2008.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  532. Chuck Groth

    The early-voting turnout means that the electorate has been waiting 7 years and 11 and a half months, and can't wait a moment longer. Disenfranchisement is much easier when election night lines are clogged and chaotic - the machine that works to keep Democratic voters from having a voice in our government is grinding to a halt.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  533. Eric

    Why do alot of people keep saying "it's because people aren't afraid anymore"? No offense, but no one should stop you from voting. If that's the excuse for early voting then someone is just whining because they forgot to vote in previous years. Anyways, moving right along. Most people are early voting to save themselves the waiting in lines. I voted back in '04 (I'd just turned 18) and the wait was like 3hrs. In today's society, people don't want to wait around so they'll do anything to get something done beforehand. Can't blame them. I've already voted and so has my whole family. Don't have the time to wait around in November.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  534. Sherrol in Canada

    Hopefully that they'll be less long lineups, machines failing, folks being told they're not registered.......I can go on and on......come Nov 4th. It had better also mean more democratics & others voting for Obama.

    GObama'08

    October 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  535. Judi Kessler

    The economy is not going to turn around in 6 days. Neither Obama nor Biden will commit a gaffe in 6 days big enough to make a difference in the outcome. Any new negative attacks on Obama by the McCain campaign will only anger voters not committed to McCain.

    In order for McCain to win, the US will have to experience a signficant threat or attack on its national security, or a signficant number of voters will have to change their vote at the last minute due to Obama's race.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  536. Rebecca

    Could it mean... voters have learned from both 2000 and 2004. If you want your vote to count (especially in Florida and Ohio), vote early! I am a resident of Colorado, but currently in London, England attending graduate school and yes, I have already mailed in my ballot.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  537. kay morris

    I have early voted and what I feel is very proud...my line was short since I was there about the 3rd day..my husband went today and the line was so long it prevented him from getting to business on time. Enthusiasm is so encouraging for our Country and this early vote negates all the ugliness with the negative presentation by the McCain campain.
    kay in Lincoln's land

    October 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  538. Matt

    It means that we will probably have Republicans all over the country trying to get rid of early voting after this election.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  539. Kate Bell

    It means more Democrats will vote against McCain. CHANGE is coming! Before the next election, we will be the USSA. This is a chance to make history as having participated in the last free election in the old United States.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  540. cj

    McCain, can only win if he is lucky, in his dreams. I think he should send his advisors back to school to learn English language because their misleading interpretation of Obama policies is hurting him

    Berkeley

    October 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  541. Chad in North Dakota

    There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the Republican Party engages in widespread voter suppression. It is ridiculous to say that the Democrats want to count every vote and the Republicans do not. Both sides want a fair election. Sometimes, Jack, your blog brings out the worst in the left.

    McCain gets my vote, but I expect Obama to win comfortably.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  542. jennifer in Texas

    Jack
    I hope it means thar Democrats understand the importance of voting in this election. We badly need "new" leadership not more of the same "no" leadership. We need a young, very bright President to sort out the mess of the Bush/Cheney White House. I think you know who fits the bill.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  543. Benman, Houston, TX

    It means unprecedented turnout in the entire US history for any election. But, it doesn't mean anything in the outcome of the election. The undecideds are determioning the outcome and they are not voting early.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  544. Lou Salamon

    It means the nation is primed for significant change in Washington. It means that everyone has had enough of politics as usual. Regardless of political bent, the nation recognizes it's time to speak up. From the youth to the elderly – everyone's concerned and wants his/her vote to count.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  545. Mario

    It means.. NO MORE BUSH & no more to the divisive republican machine. Has anyone realized how they have corrupted Mcain?

    Mcain, you should have ran as an independent with your good "sell-out" freind Joe "six-pack" Lieberman..... You might have won Lou Dobbs approval..

    Mario (Houston)

    October 28, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  546. mike

    Jack , here in Florida it means free beer in some of the bars.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  547. Karen - Missouri

    That Obama and Hillary have inspired a nation to get involved AND watch out for the Republican election corruption. And people are turning out in big numbers to put a stop to Republican voter suppression and shady tactics over the past MANY years and actually have a REAL democracy.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  548. Matt Laning

    I hope it means that more people are informing themselves. Unfortunately though, it's probably more an illustration of how deeply our nation is divided. Let's hope these divisions can be mended after the election is (finally) over.

    Matt from Dallas

    October 28, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  549. Jonny Lowell

    Jack, it means a couple of things: firstly, that America is finally realizing that the only way to change a country they've become disenchanted with is to be active in the process. Secondly, it means that the groups that the Obama campaign has brought out of the woodwork en masse (minorities, the youth, disenchanted seniors) are making their presence known, and will continue to do so right up to Election Day. I hope that Republicans are prepared for a changing of the guard...

    October 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  550. TwoByTwo

    It means people who may otherwise be apathetic are getting out early to be heard. It also shows that people are afraid of not getting their chance on 11/4. I voted early and in line the couple behind me said they feared that if they waited until election day there would be too many people, too many chances for something to go wrong, or they'd have to take the whole day off. Early voting should be allowed everywhere, give everyone a chance because if not, in some states everyone will have to take 11/4 off jus to vote due to the lines.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  551. Nitarshan

    It really doesn't change much. All that we learn is that voter turnout will be higher.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  552. Dale Parks

    I think it is truly sad mostly democrats feel their votes do not count. They feel a sense of desparation that voter supression, long lines, and not counting provisional ballots are the norm. We are scared of being "purged" because a middle name is spelled out on a voter form and is not spelled out on a DL number or a name is hyphenated on one ID and not on another. In the poor areas voters are routinely "challenged" and instead of having 1 machine for every say 300 voters there is one machine for every 700 voters while the nice parts of town have one machine for every 150 voters. Long lines can discouraged people from coming out. My god just TODAY voters in Georgia waited 12 hours!! People are very scard of this election being stolen but OBAMA is too smart he has 5,000 lawyers ready for the legal challenges. NOT this time. No election will be stolen and the tricks of the Repubicans will be exposed in real time and on TV for all the world to see

    October 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  553. Scott

    I think it means this is the most heavily contested election in recent history. People are so deeply divided that they don't need time to make up their minds. But, it also clearly displays that the American Political system is broken. The lies, distrust and illegal actions of the few have damaged the system, possibly beyond repair. Oh.. I'm sorry.. i just read the other coments posted. Are Republicans allowed to post her too?

    October 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  554. Rick

    Seems everyone thinks early voting favors the Democrats. God help us all if that is true. Can hardly wit to see the test Biden spoke about. As for me, if Hussein wins I'm looking forward to my check. I definitely want a piece of your wealth!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  555. Mary S. Lynn

    It means that when all votes have been tabulated in this election it will be shown to have been one of the largest turnouts in the history of the United States.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  556. Sam

    My question is – with all the early voting election talk from news pundants and Barrack Obama, why hasn't John McCain talked and urged his supporters or any voters to go out and vote early?

    October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  557. Ron

    Nothing Jack. It would take a magician to pull off this election. He chose his bed 20 months ago by running without a solid platform, facing enomic conditions he chose not to address, and pursuing constant attacksagainst Obama without pressing his own goals.

    He chose a totally inexperienced VP candidate without vetting her, giving into his staff. Now she is running unabated and; while getting people to her rallies, she is all mouth and, in the long run, will prove to be so much hot air.

    McCain has wound up like the Beatles song: "He' a Real Nowhere Man"

    October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  558. Bushy!

    It means that when Americans percieve their rights and liberties are in jeopardy, when their leadership has completely failed them, they are resilient and will stand up and take their country back. I only hope they continue to send the message to all politicians – we are fed up and are not going to take this any more!!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  559. D. WIGGINS

    COULD EARLY VOTING BE A DISATER? DUE TO THE FAIRNESS.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  560. John in Arkansas

    When Bill Clinton handed the Presidency over to Bush in early 2001, the country was in fantastic shape. We are a stark contrast to the prosperous Clinton years, and I hold George W. Bush personally accountable. I voted early because I couldn't wait until November 4th to cast my ballot for Barack Obama. I'm not holding my breath that Obama will win Arkansas, but at least I've done my part to get this country back in the right direction.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  561. Greg

    It definatly means that America is changing.

    First off, we have a primary that drags on for 6 or 7 month. Now we have an election "month" instead of election day. Why can't we have one day for everyone to vote for who they want to represent their party and one day for the people to elect a president.

    What America is facing is a one party total rule that completely eliminates the checks and balance system that our government was founded on. If Obama is elected and the Democrats get a full majority in Congress, there will definately be a new America, but it will not look like any America that anyone has ever seen.

    There will be people that say that I am not voting for Obama because he is black and that is just ridiculos. Everything is not about race. I am not voting for Obama because he is the most liberal person in the Senate, according to his record, and many of his views are different from mine.

    The group R.E.M. stated it very well with their song "It's the End of the World As We Know It", but I don't feel fine.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  562. Luke Brandon

    Seeing quite the opposite of everyones opinion in my consultant traveling....A larger number of baby boomers who historically voted democrat in the past are voting republican (FL, AL, MS, SC, LA, TN, AR, NC, NH, NY, NV, IA). I think the loss of historical votes will outweigh the new votes generated. Is it the Bradley affect? Maybe... However I feel it is more inclined to an error in the stats... there is such a media movement for Obama and a negative push for Republicans...that people feel guilty or ashamed and just say Obama to avoid that akward feeling.. The people I talk to are ashamed of Bush...but they are afraid of voting for another Carter (Obama) administration... High taxes....High energy prices...weak military....inflation..unemployment rate (because the real tax payers are spending more and cutting back jobs)....Not to mention the development of the Community Reinvestment Act which got our economy into the state it is now....

    October 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  563. Sergio

    Overall a big advantage for the Democrats:

    It means (obviously) a much larger turn out of voters, leveraging the higher number of registered Democrats nationwide.

    Specially given Obama's superior get-out-the-vote operations, it also means that people that historically have been unwilling to vote for inconvenience, fear, misinformation reasons perhaps will vote this time. i.e.: college students, AA, Latinos, elderly, blue collar, single parents, convicted felons, etc...

    Assuming that out of these demographics, the college students and AA are the larger block (blue collar usually have Union sponsored time off for voting), the fair assumption is that Obama will benefit the most.

    Moreover, as stated by others, early voting allows Obama to cash-in his current advantage, avoiding a surprise later this week. It also mitigates voter suppression, miscounting and fraud.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  564. Joe in MO

    It means community organizers really are important. They have more to do than the Mayor of Wassila.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  565. Election Tired

    It means the last two weeks of election speeches and retoric does
    little to sway serious voters. With such a large voting early turnout, voters are showing they have had enough time to make an informed decision. Two years of campaigning has saturated everyone mind so that no one is listening to TV ads or any type of media and more.
    Thank goodness we only have a few more days!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  566. Ken

    Perhaps all it means is it is more convenient for some people to vote on days other than election day. However many people vote in advance won't change the total possible turnout because its too late for anyone else to register to vote on election day. The overall impact won't be clear until the election totals are in and even then, it is still a sad statement that historically, only about 25% of eligible voters vote in any given election.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  567. Suspicious

    I still don't trust it – where are all these early votes being stored? Who is minding the ballot boxes? How do we know our vote is safe? Will the next big news story be OOOOOOOOOPPPs 3 million votes have been lost? Don't trust it one bit.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  568. Jeff- Texas

    This is my two son's first Presidential election, and they were excited with the opportunity to vote- so they joined me and voted the first day of early voting. I was joined by a line that took 45 minutes- and many more first time voters then I can remember.

    Early voting opens voting up for more people, and with less stress that could be felt if something interferes with November 4th. It also means one key thing- people care. Not something we have seen in a while. Good for them, and good for us.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  569. Karen Sue in CT

    States allowed to vote early have a two-fold message. On the surface it may seem that it's a "let's get it over with, on with it, git er dun" rush-rush-rush that is famously American.

    But look deeper at the places engaing in this almost-frenzy. These are communities starved and disenfranchized by the past two Presidential cycles and in fact know in their psyche what we refuse to admit out loud. Democracy in principle doesn't always translate to democracy in action and the result is a vote for "distrust" of the system. Hoping they're wrong and will see their ACTUAL early vote translate into the outcome in their DREAMS, whether Republican or Democrat is what the early state votes mean-a call to a reality check for how the democratic system should and could work in the USA. Bet you can't guess what party I belong to?

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  570. E - Arkansas

    I hope you get what you deserve when you vote for Obama.
    In his foriegn trip he told a crowd. "I am the one you have been waiting for".
    Good luck, as for me I am packing and heading for the hills.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  571. Bidit

    Early votes are certainly Obama's strength. Moreover, he will still have a chance to affect the tendency of regular voters (casting votes on the Election Day) in the days to come. So, it is a doubly dems-benifiting situation.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  572. JM

    It means that the country is tired. I see a glimpse of hope. Unity...the start of maybe end of racial division. Bush policies have failed everyone, rich , poor and the middle class.I believe if nothing else Obama has has been able to capture all Americans attention and each of us see the importance of every vote counts.No matter who wins this election the conversation will change in America. African Americans will also be proud that Obama has run a race with great dignity and respect. He is a remarkable candidate. Vote for Change. America needs to embrace its members and no that we are ALL AMERICANS. All created equal , One God , Indivisible!Early Voting is a sign of the changing times.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  573. sarah in SLO, CA

    Hopefully it means the end of voter complacency and the beginning of a real democracy: by the people, for the people.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  574. Bill the Worker

    It means the Dems can get their naive new registrants to vote their way before they figure out how they've been hoodwinked.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  575. George

    It means a mandate that has never ben seen before!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  576. M.L. Squier

    I just voted. I voted early because I can't wait for McCain and Palin to lose.

    Somewhere in Texas

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  577. John from Georgia

    It means the country is finally awakening to the dangers of socialism and doing everything possible to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness before it's only a memory.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  578. Lisa

    Hopefully it means I'm closer to hearing the two things I've waited two years to hear BARACK OBAMA say:
    1 "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" and
    2 – I – have a CLEAR mandate!
    And this time they'll be true!!!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  579. Billy Robinson

    Of course some voters want to avoid the rush on electing day but a lot of voters are so ready for a change early voting is their way of saying enough already ... let's start moving our country in a new direction with Obama as president. The sooner the better!

    From Bill in Coppell, Texas

    October 28, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  580. George

    It means a mandate that has never been seen before!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  581. Corey Langer

    Jack:

    It means that the electorate cannot wait until Nov 4 to make its wishes known. I'm sick and tired of having my patriotism and integrity impugned by Republican war-mongers and fear-mongers. We are (I hope) about to witness a bloodless revolution in how this country and its government operates. Obama's impending victory will constitute a repudiation of the malign and incompetent policies of the past 8 years that have sabotaged our freedoms and our image abroad. Palin-McCain are about to hear from "real" Americans.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  582. Trevor Frampton - NorCal

    I think it means a couple of things. 1, People have come to expect long lines and suppression tactics the day of the election, so more now are getting out to vote early so that their vote counts. And 2, I think it bodes well for Democrats, as higher voter turn out tends to favor Democratic nominees. Let's hope it does bode well for Dems and Obama is celebrating along with the rest of the country on November 5th.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  583. Mary

    It means that Americans are all finally realizing that each and every one of us can make a difference. We all can come together and fix anything. I believe that whomever the next president is ,that he will have to truly answer to the people and that we the people will not stand for injustice any longer. We want answers, We want truth, we want fairness and We are willing to work for it as long as credit is givin as credit is due, We will not stand for any more "you are better than us attitude OR agenda. The next president should always keep this simple thought in mind: " We put you in the White House and, We can take you out! "

    October 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  584. martha alabama

    I think the early voting shows that people are eager to get the republicans out of office and let their voice be heard. I hope all the newly registered voters are going to the polls in the states that they can vote early and cast their vote, also in the states that are waiting for Nov.4 to vote actually show up at the polls and vote. We need change and this is the only way we will get it, is to elect Obama as our next president of the United States of America.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  585. JM - Chicago

    Hopefully, it means that Americans–Democrats, Republicans and Independents–are sick and tired of the mess that Bush and his cronies have brought us and are chomping at the bit to eject those bozos from sight and memory. Let history and God be the judge of their actions.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  586. Raffaella

    Hopefully it means that people are voting for Obama, the only candidate who has openly spoken about changes and who has given details on how he will accomplish such changes. I am ready to vote for him! Go Obama!
    Raffaella from Tracy, CA

    October 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  587. Capn Ed

    Jack-

    Being a former Republican, this whole process has been entertaining to say the least. This certainly favors Obama given the sheer amount of troops on the ground getting people excited about the democratic process again. Additionally, the Palin pick has done more to mobilize these people (more out of fear) than anything Obama could possibly say or do.

    What I would like to know is how the early turnout has impacted the polls. If the early turnout is as biased towards the Democrats as we are led to believe, and the polling is directed at people who have not voted, then the election might possibly be decided before the polls even open on Nov 4th- it will be interesting to see.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  588. Bj Couch

    Jack,
    I voted today and if the ballots don't come up missing when be tallying up, oh what a great day!!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  589. JR

    GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK JACK!

    It means that people are hungry for change, for both parties, and the one who distances himself away from bush, is the one who can win in 6 days.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  590. Mike H. - Cambridge, MA

    It is unfortunate that it takes such a, shall we say, poorly ran last eight years in order to achieve record setting voter turnouts. We as a nation should be more proactive in our politics for each election year regardless of how much we complain about previous situations.

    Each American should take some owness of the current state of affairs and contribute by doing their part to lessen the economic blow, increase environmental awareness, reduce waste, etc. This only begins at the voting booth, the rest is up to each and every one of us! Maybe these early voter turnouts are an indication that we as a people will become more involved.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  591. Tom

    It simply means that as long as the weather is nice on Nov 4th, there will be more votes cast than in any previous presidential election. How that affects the outcome will be told to us by all the "talking heads".

    October 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  592. Steve in New Bern NC

    Hopefully it will mean that I will wake up on November 5 full of hope and promise for America – and not a continuation of the last 8 years of the politics of fear. Go Obama!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  593. Nancy - Michigan

    I'm standing outside, handing out local candidate information Nov 4. Michigan does not offer early voting. I'm also making a "sandwich board" that will display the various Candidates endorsed by my area's (Southfield, Michigan, Oakland County) Democratic Club.

    I will not take Obama getting elected for granted for a minute. But just as important, electing local Judges are one of the publics most difficult and confusing choices. They're on the ballot as non-partisan, but anyone who thinks about it should know better. Judges absolutely do have some party affiliation.

    Those who are active need to be a voice and help voters decide when they simply have no idea of which candidate best reflects the people's choice, not corporate America's choice.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  594. JR. in Sacramento, CA

    Jack,

    It means that folks are energized and ready for change. I received my absentee ballot from my mailman, filled it out, put the stamps on it, and chased the mailman down the street to mail it.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  595. Jeff in Texas

    It means those "boneheads" in New Hampshire that helped Senator McCain get started and become the Republican nominee goofed. Why does a little place full of fuddy duddies have such a great amount of power to foist a guy like McCain onto the rest of us Republicans. Good job New Hampshire – you can now go back to sleep!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  596. Kevin in Austin

    Many of your loyal readers appears to be Obama loving crowds – I've just did my early vote – and am canceling (at least one vote) of your Obama socialist leaning government. Who is Obama to say he's going to tax me and give money to people who's on welfare? Uh huh.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  597. Bj Couch

    If the ballots don't come up missing on voting day, it will be a miracle. I hope that I did not waste my time, by voting early.

    Bj
    Elkhart, Indiana

    October 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  598. Colin Creado

    Hah... it means no lines on election day! Woohoo!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  599. S. H.

    It means that we're in for big problems on 4 November. The fact that this nation is the world's oldest democracy, but can't seem to improve upon our election process is ridiculous. Leaving the handling of elections to local officials has proven to be a recipe for disaster time and time again. Our government won't fix the problem becuase they don't want to. It's tougher to "manage" an election when there is a large voter turnout, so the best thing to do is to "discourage" people by confusing them with a plethora of rules and regulations that change from state to state, are loosely or strictly enforced based upon chance circumstances, and are open to interpretation by anyone that wants to hazard a guess.

    Go figure.

    Woodbridge, VA

    October 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  600. Jeremy .... Tamarac, FL

    Jack,
    If early voting was like my experience all across the nation... this election ended a week ago. Of the more than 1000 people on line... I would say 80-90% were pro Barack Obama. That being said.... GET OUT AND VOTE

    October 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  601. Michael D Jones

    It means the passion shown in the primaries/caucuses is still there and voting for change. I stood in a cold mist for 3 hours to participate in my state's caucus. In that line was the most diverse set of people I have ever seen at a polling place. Now they want their voices heard. You better believe I was knocking down the door to cast my official vote!

    October 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  602. Jessica from NC

    I read comments like these and others I've seen throughout this campaign – Democrats are just as hateful as the Republicans they like to bash so much. I'm one of those undecided voters, so retract the claws, please.

    I'm not a fan of the Bush administration, but they are certainly not the only ones to blame for the problems in our country today – not by a long shot. I'm concerned that we're not really going to move past this tired "playground turf wars" mentality about one party being the savior of this country and the other being the demise. I see corruption in both and am thoroughly concerned about our true ability to put partisanship and elitist attitudes aside in order to work together and make things better. And these presidential campaigns! Almost $500 million raised by Obama's campaign, $242 million of which was used for national ad spending!! For McCain, approximately $230 million raised, $117.3 million of that spent on national ads! It makes me sick to my stomach to think of all the better uses for that money – Restocking dwindling food bank supplies, funding homeless shelters/rescue missions, just to name a few areas in need...

    As a moderate independent, I've felt bullied throughout this election year, particularly by Democrats who have known all along that they support Obama. Instead of having open conversation about the issues, many chose instead to act as though their choice was the obvious correct one without explaining their knowledge of Obama's stance on important issues and points I should consider as I make my decision.

    No more rhetoric, no more lofty promises, no more smear ads from either side... I hope, no matter what the outcome is, that true, fair, thoughtful change is on the way soon.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  603. Rhonda Thompson

    It means that last minute Republican tricks will have less of an effect on the outcome of this race. The fact that so many re utilizing early voting means they are enthused and ready to make their decision. They've decided that the Republican machine will no longer rape the lower and middle class to give the wealthy more cash to squander. Election Day cannot come fast enough. I can't wait to hear the last of Sarah Palin and John McCain. How in the world did he think that women would see her as a substitute for Hillary!!!! Please no comparison - education vs uninformed, refined vs red neck, open vs closed minded. I have heard nothing from Sarah Palin's mouth that would lead me to believe she had refinement, intelligence or open to thoughts other than her own!!! Vote –Obama, Biden

    October 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  604. Mary, Texas

    Jack,
    It means we have a large number of new voters. Anxious to have their voices heard. May the best candidate win. I'll support whoever wins. There is no perfect president. I will accept the the choice of the people and hope America will soon become the great country it once was.

    October 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm |