October 7th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Why are more people voting in the midterms?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If the primaries are any indication - these midterm elections might set records when it comes to voter turnout.
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USA Today reports that the number of voters casting early ballots in the primaries this year was up 50 percent over the 2006 midterms. That's a huge increase. About six million people took part in early voting in the 13 states they reviewed.

This increase in early voting is a game-changer. It forces campaigns and interest groups to alter their tactics as they reach out to voters ahead of November's election.

Although the midterms are still more than three weeks away, early or absentee voting is already underway in 10 states. And, early voting will kick off in another 17 states plus the District of Columbia in the next two weeks.

Experts say, for campaigns an early vote for you is like money in the bank. But an early vote against you is a lost vote that no TV ads or speech can change.

Others point to a trend where early voters tend to hold back and file their ballot closer to election day. That's because they haven't made up their minds as quickly as they do about presidential candidates.

Midterms are notorious for lack of voter interest and low turnout, but if the electorate is really as angry as we keep hearing, things may be different this time.

If people want their voices heard when it comes to the state of our economy, the skyrocketing and unsustainable deficits, taxes, war, health care, etc... they better turn out on November 2.

Here’s my question to you: Why are so many more people voting in these midterm elections?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David in Las Vegas writes:
Well, Jack, millions can vote any time of day since they don't have a job. Millions more have the time to vote since they don't have the money to shop, freeing up time. The rest are so disappointed and discouraged with Obama's first 18 months that we need to vent our rage in the voting booth. The worst part is the choice of candidates.

Paul in Austin, Texas writes:
Why? Because the movement of term limits is real. I do not really like the Tea Party movement. But one thing they have been able to do is to vote in blocks to get people out of office, when all they want is a job for 60 years at our expense.

Connie in Virginia writes:
Because they actually think their vote counts... Too bad they are limited to a two-party monoploy that undermines the will of the people when big donors take over the agenda of the party leadership!

Pat in Michigan writes:
We are fed up, Jack. We are going to see if the Republicans can deliver in two years and if they don't deliver then they are out on their collective rears too! Enough is enough.

Chester writes:
People thought "Hope and Change" meant innovation and improvement. If they were paying attention to Obama's writings and speeches, they would have realized that his vision of Hope and Change was sending us somewhere near mid-70s Soviet Union territory. They bought his miserable vision, and now they want their money back.

Joe in Florida writes:
Maybe because a change is needed, and they don't want to wait until 2012.

Ayo in Texas writes:
History has shown that voter turnout is highest when things are very bad. Maybe if politicians did any work while in office, we would all have a peaceful "stay home" midterms.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. karen

    It means that more people are scared as hell at the direction this country is going. They are mad as hell at bills not being read , sweetheart deals and legislation shoved down our throats. Simple people are angy and want a "CHANGE"

    October 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  2. Aaron Hayworth

    People are desperate to make an impact on the world around them. The politicians, economists, and powers that be can only push the people so far until the people push back.

    Aaron Hayworth
    UNC Class of 2014

    October 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  3. Burt in Az

    With so many people unemployed they will be off on Tuesday a normal work day and will have the time to vote.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  4. Peg from N.Y.

    It means people are fed up. Voters want a solid economy, serious job creation and will unseat anyone they believe should go. The power of the voter should never be underestimated.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Russ in PA

    Hopefully it means that people are sicked and tired of the nanny state and the big spenders – and I include the usual Republicans in on that. Unless they are Ron Paul-style constitutional conservatives, I hope they all get thrown out so that a message is given for the 2012 elections! Ron Paul in 2012!

    October 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Because their unemployment is running out......and they need jobs.....fast!

    That means throw the Dems out, and put someone in, who will create jobs!

    October 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  7. Dennis north Carolina

    they are not sleeping this time.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  8. Rob in Brooklyn

    well the sane ones want to keep the crazies out. And they crazies want to get a crazy in there.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  9. John from Alabama

    Jack: People are mad, therefore; they will take their frusrations out at the voting booth. When people are mad they do not think very well. Emotional people often regret there actions later when it is to late. The Republicans were in control of Congress from 1994 until 2006. A prudent individual might give Democrats more than 4 years to get this nation back to work. Voting is a wonderful gift and right, and one should be calm and thoughtful before voting.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  10. Billy Blake

    Detroit,Michigan It means more election fraud by means of touch screen voting

    October 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  11. Bill

    There is a crisis in this country. People have no faith in their elected officials anymore and these elections look like a high school slam book session. Once this country valued differences, now that is no longer true and the President is at least partially to blame. He fans the fires of ignorance and is divisive by nature. He reminds me of the bully at school, no not the obvious one that threatened everyone... I am talking about the sneaky one that pried into your life without your knowledge and then broadcast what was found all over the school. The one that said I don't like Johnny and if you do you are not my friend. Change is in the wind ... and hopefull this president will get the message that we are adults and not children.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  12. barbara in NC

    To help make sure the republicans don't sent the rest of our jobs overseas, privatize our social security and medicare, dictate our religion, and set us right back to 1929.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  13. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    More Democrats are waking up to the fact that they don't want to live in a Galtian dystopia run by religious fundamentalists. The ultimate Tea Party fantasy of no government except for the monitor in your bedroom.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  14. Jerry Driskell

    They're afraid they can't survive anymore "change" ?

    October 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  15. connie- virginia

    becuz they actually think there vote counts...too bad they are limited to a 2 party monoploy that undermines the will of the people when big donors take over the agenda of the party leadership!

    October 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  16. Joanne

    Mean Jack people are scared, and fed up. People have followed the Healthcare and all the corruption involved in that bill – and leaving out Selling Ins across state lines, and tort reform. In other words "they got it now"...they know what some are up to and that is not America.
    Most everthing Obama promised was a farce, and they don't trust him or the Liberal left in the Congress. We hope to get rid of our LIberal Left that is off the deep end in our State as well in two yrs.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  17. Paul Austin,Texas

    Why because the movement of term limits is real. I do not really like the tea party movement. But one thing they have been able to do is to vote in blocks to get people out of office when all they want is a job for 60 years at all our expense.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  18. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    Jack, if more people turn out this year for the mid terms it will become a mandate against Obama and his bankrupt policies.
    And we're still waiting to hear Wolf sing.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  19. jimmy, greenville, nc

    Jack, more people are voting because they don't have anything else to do. Us unemployed are glad to be able to get up in the morning and have somewhere to go. The poll workers are so friendly and voting takes our minds off our economic plight, at least until the results are announced. See you at the polls.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  20. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The reason why I am voting is because I am scared and mad at the same time. I'm scared of people with Palin intellect running our gov't. I am mad because too many candidates are avoiding the news media. They won't answer questions in detail on where they stand on the issues or statements they made in the past. If I don't vote then I cannot complain.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  21. Joe CE

    The extended time for advanced voting and absentee ballots makes it easier. It also rasises a suspicion that some people's votes are recorder without them taking any action. The incredible Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited corporate spending and the existence of organization spending on political adverdisting without having to idenify donors is resulting in record spending for this mid-term. We are headed for the best representaives that money can buy.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  22. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Maybe because a change is needed, and they don't want to wait until 2012. That would be pretty bad for Obama if the people want to have some changes now. Two years in office was plenty time for him to complete some most important issues.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  23. Mark

    Can you say, "Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired'?

    October 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  24. Allen in Hartwell GA

    There are some people who think they can sneak in during the mid-terms and catch the Democrats not watching. There are Democrats who know what the right-wing is doing and are determined to make any take-over as difficult as possible.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  25. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    People are sick and tired of Washington politics and all of the
    in-fighting among the parties. We need leaders that have a heart, not deep pockets.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  26. pat in michigan

    WE ARE FED UP JACK.We are gonna see if the Republicans two years and if they don't deliver then they are out on their collective rears too!
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  27. David Gerstenfeld

    Well Jack, millions can vote any time of day since they don't have a job ; millions more have the time to vote since they don't have the money to shop, freeing up time ; the rest are so disappointed & discouraged with Obama's first 18 months that we need to vent our rage in the voting booth. The worst part is the choice of candidates.
    David, Las Vegas

    October 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  28. Kim S. Dodge City, Ks.

    I don't believe we've had any mid-term elections yet. Just alot of pushing and shoving to see which blithering idiots we get to choose from this time. We'll see what happens in November. My guess is that we will see the same rampant apathy that permeates our culture.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  29. Pete from Georgia

    Why ??
    Because the horror of what happened in 2008, electing a neighborhood organizer as President of the most powerful nation on planet Earth, woke people up and got them off theri couches and made them aware of how beautiful and precious true freedom is and how easily it can be taken away with a nightmare government. Americans will not allow this to happen again.......................ever.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  30. bud rupert

    Baseball season will be over.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  31. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, that is an assumption. We won't "know" that more people have voted or will vote, until the vote is counted. A lot of angry people are saying they will vote, however, I would wait and count if I were you. Polls are notorious for NOT telling the whole story. Election night, 2 Nov, will be interesting, to say the least!!

    October 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  32. chris

    the reason is people are realizing that president and the democrats are damaging the u.s more so we ned to go out ain fukll force and start the bleeding in wasteful speeding to start get teh republicians control either houses or both then get obama out in 2012 and start to get things basck to normal even before bush was president

    October 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  33. Gary H. Boyd

    The voters are angry Jack. The movie NETWORK comes to mind wherein the shout was "I'm damn mad and I'm not going to take it anymore".
    The way to accomplish that is in the voting booths and they're gonna be jammed. This could be the biggest mid-term voter turnout in decades and a terrible time to be an incumbent or a Democrat. The voters will be sending Washington a message that's very loud and very clear.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  34. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Never has the gap between super-rich and the rest of us been so great. If we don't wrest some control from the corporations and their lobbyists now, billionaires will be back in the driver's seat with all their loopholes and privilege restored while we strain in harness.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  35. bob z fr ,pa.

    most americans don't want to go where this pres. is taking usdid you watch the march sat. in wash that was a horror show . is that what this pres. and the dem. party has become.i don't want to become a socialist or communist.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  36. Gary Bellew

    Because we've all realized that the wool has been pulled over our eyes.

    Gary, MO

    October 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm |

    tampa, fl with voting registration i.d.'s so lax all of those illegal aliens and anchor babies are going to start flexing their political muscle now that they are registered. those that used to vote now believe the system is rigged, corrupt, and without none of the above on the ballot refused to waste their time voting for the same hacks over, and over. here in tampa when someone gets 15% of the voters to cast a ballot, that's a landslide. to me, 85% didn't want anyone in office.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  38. Andy Lynn, MA

    Voting is one of the few outdoor activities the unemployed, the poor, the disenfranchised can afford. The arrogance exhibited by the Republicans and their rich and ultrarich supporters is beyond belief. They should all remember what happened to the last person whose attitude toward the middle and lower class was, "Let them eat cake."

    October 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  39. diridi

    simple. They know the problem caused by GOP thugs, and Tea Party Republican idiots.....they vote for any Democrats......I vote for Democrats this time direct ticket...of Dems...Good Dems...god bless....

    October 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  40. Kevin of SD CA

    Why are so many more people voting in these midterm elections?

    As a 53 year old white male I have been subjected to society’s emasculation for the past 50 years. The reality of socialism, government entitlements, corporate monopolies, corporate welfare, the pimp judges of family law, affirmative action, failing public schools, now mandatory healthcare insurance premiums (and this is just the short list of emasculating factors) have destroyed my hard earned equity, and continue devaluate the US dollar.

    This is why I am voting! Why are you?

    October 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  41. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Because we are really stirred up about what is going on in our country!!!!

    And the only way we have of changing the status quo, short of the old fashioned way (revolution) is to vote and hope for the best!

    IMHO, if something does not change for the better soon, revolution is inevitable. That's how the PEOPLE have made changes in their government in the past. I think relying on politicians and campaign promises is futile.

    I am astonished that things have got this bad in my lifetime!

    October 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  42. Gerry

    Were absolutely terrified as to where this administration is taking our country. The next administration will have their hands full repealing and withdrawing this nation from the decisions of the existing ship of fools.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  43. J in Old Hickory

    To oust the incompetent, arrogant failures!

    October 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  44. Melissa

    Because Congress is totally worthless. The whole lot of them.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  45. Mr. D

    People are much more vocal when they see this country going downhill. A vote is like a cry in the wilderness for change. At least people will feel like they are doing something to help the country during these dificult times.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  46. Rich from Texas

    People are motivated to go out and vote by the lack of jobs. 10 percent of them anyway. The rest of the people are motivated by the failure of the current administration in Washington's failure to listen to them. When politicians go against the majority of the peoples wishes, dreams and hopes then they will be voted out of office. People now see the current government as the enemy. There is the third war raging in America right now. One in Iraq, one in Afghanistan and getting the old Washington the hell out of office and restoring some fiscal responsibility to our government. The good old boy days are soon to be a thing of the past.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  47. Herman Portland OR

    There are qite a few reasons the American voters are going to vote. They want to be heard and are concerned about the future of America. The last elections they were promised a change but are still waiting for a delivery. With spending at an all time high and no end in sight. The priorities are more entitlements grow government with no interest in growth and success for the American people. With daily proof their way is definatly not working. The Ameircan voters feel their elected officials are not listening and they need to be voted out.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  48. Jim


    Because most of us are tired of the insanity of Washington politics, and we want people in office who will listen to their constituents and do what is right. If Term Limits were part of the things to vote on for our Federal government it would get my vote.

    Jim in Denver, CO

    October 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  49. Kevin in CA

    Because no one is satisfied with the leadership in this country – on both sides of the isle.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  50. Lori - PA


    Lately, government has been making unfavorable decisions, and people are fed up. Since our government won't listen, it's time to get people into Congress and Senate who will, hopefully, listen. And take positive steps to turn around the economic mess we are in.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  51. steve- virginia beach

    Because more of us have realized that our government is being overthrown from within and we're taking it back.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  52. Bobbi from L.A.

    The ones who are voting early have already made up their minds, and the ones who vote at the polls will hopefully vote with conscience and sensibility. Someone has begun spamming my e-mail with Tea Party and GOP rhetoric, and I have ALWAYS been a Democrat... So the BIG MONEY is endeavoring to change life-long Dems into trying something new.

    We, I have been doing MY part to refute the lies and temper the crap around my city. I can only hope other Dems are doing the same.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm |

    Because people know they need to support President Obama.
    We will do anything to help him.

    A concerned white female

    October 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  54. steve- virginia beach

    To make sure we take our country back from the thieves who stole it.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  55. Meg from Troy

    Well you media boys and girls along with the Republicans and Tea Party have beaten the panic drum loudly and long enough that you've scared those voters who are willing to be scared. I hope you all enjoy the results that you've helped determine.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  56. John from San Antonio

    Because they want to see new faces guiding America's decline.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  57. Ralph Spyer

    They think their vote counts,or they"re smoking something very strong.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  58. katiec Pekin, IL

    It;s simple, Jack. They do not want the republicans to regain control.
    Since the media puts all the attention to the tea partiers etc, they do not realize that middle class America, the workers absolutely will not let the party of Wall St continue on with their politics as usual which almost destroyed our country.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  59. Tony in Columbus

    I would guess that a lot of people are not happy with the change they voted for in 2008. The economy is still bad. A lot of people disagree with the bills that he have gotten through. The stimulus did less than what he said it would. Health Care is not as popular with people that already had health care. President Obama has not lived up to the expectations that were heaped on him.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  60. paul

    Voting out incumbents. I hope!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  61. Scott Stodden

    Because Jack So Much More Nowadays Are At Stake Then Before! We Are Just Coming Out Of The Worst Recession SInce The 1930's, We Are Trillions Of Dollars In Debt, Unemployment Is The Highest We've Ever Seen And This Is All Thanks To George W Bush! We All Have To Remember In November When We Go To Vote That Change Takes Time, President Obama Has Stood Strong For America By Passing The Stimulus Package That Saved And Created Thousands Of Jobs, He Was The Only President To Get A Good Health Care Bill Past, Financial Reform Is Passed And Wall Street Will Now Be Held Accountable For The First Time Ever! I Certainly Will Be Voting For Strictly Democratic Come November, All Republicans Need To Go!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    October 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  62. Samantha

    Well, if the dumb whites (and I'm white- who cares?) are heading for voting for the GOP they're going to end up with more of the same. Yet, they expect Obama to clean up that 8-year mess in 2 years!?!?! Idiots, all of them. They'll just keep lining their pockets in Washington as they've been doing for years. It's going to take a lot more than a few elections to clean that political sewer up...enuf said.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  63. randy

    i'm not giving up., i'm giving president obama a fair chance to change this country. after all , the people did give george w. bush 8 years to destroy this country, let's give the democrats a chance, vote the party of no out, the republicans have lied, and cheated the taxpayers for years and the last two years, they clearly made their minds up not to support our president. vote democrats,,,,,,,,,,,say no to the party of no......

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  64. Maria

    We will not know if voter turn-out is up or down until the votes are counted. The media needs to stop drumming us to death w/needless information. I want to know about the races in my state,and maybe a few where I have lived at different times. Most people are looking for jobs, trying to feed their kids, etc to really give a&&&!!! about who's running where and whose voting for whom.



    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  65. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    More of us are voting in the mid terms in order to keep up the momentum of change that surfed in on a wave of popular support.
    We cannot afford to go back to the disastrously partisan policies of "Right" wing, "conservative" Republican agenda.
    The banks,Big Business and Wall Street are back to business as usual while Main Street continues to founder... And Tea Party Republicans are promising to return us to those policies.
    If Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Communists, Socialists fail to support this administration, we Americans will end up with fewer jobs at lower incomes and greater difficulty getting any help or protection from our elected officials.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  66. Bob Spads

    To vote against these spastic radical agendas!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  67. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    People are angry alright. The right-wing(nuts) want to take their country back and are being stoked into a frenzied pitch by FOX News and attack ads funded by $150+ million in anonymous donations through the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and other Republican front groups, most donations coming from foreign businesses and foreign governments. I am angry about that! I am also afraid of the impending doom that will fall upon us if the party of "NO" gets control of either the House or the Senate. Great Depression, here we come.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  68. Chris

    I must be one that hasn't been polled!!! I am white, barely middle class women, make less than $100,000/per year, so I am not wanted by the Republican party. It was said so during the Bush years. I went from married without children tax bracket to widowed single tax bracket with the loss of 2/3 of household income, same percentage. My 401K was wrecked, one company won't pay the retirement I earned after 20 years, Regean took my tax exemptions in 1987, which devastated our savings, my full social security has been altered at least once, we were placed in two wars during Bush years we couldn't pay for, with tax cuts for the rich with the trickle down effect I never felt. I don't know why the others are sore, but I got plenty to be sore about and it isn't the Democrats!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  69. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, It's amazing what money and fear can do. In this instance, it can bring white voters out in droves. The perfect storm that was the 2008 election and allowed a black man to become president of America, caught the white majority in this country by surprise. This majority has spent the entire time since that election working to right that "wrong." Incidently, they've also spent hundreds of millions of dollars working to do so.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  70. Joann Gilbert-Croteau

    Like myself, I vote in mid-turn elections because I'm sick and tired of watching the Senate republicans voting no on every bill that helps the middlelcass and poor in this country, along with their " Secret" behind closed door " Holds" stopping nominations of well qualified candidates to work for this administration. Especially for the Secretary of State and the Defense Deparment. Republican " Secret Holds" are done with no transparency by hiding the name of the senate member who is stopping a nomination. They don't want to public to know who they are or see whose face it is. talk accountability. Thats as good a reason to keep voting every election whether its mid-turn or not.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  71. frankie

    In their avalanche of hokey political advertisements, the Republicans have given a new meaning to putting your money where your mouth is. I feel it is more important than ever for me to put my votes on the Democratic ticket because in the real world the Democrats are trying to do the most for real regular people.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  72. Kate

    Voting for President Obama was a hugh mistake on my part.My husband and I are white working class Americans,and are quite frankly sick and tired of distributing the wealth(pres. obamas words)GET A JOB.Between the illegals pouring into our country, and sucking off the social security that we've paid into our entire lives(were 60)and the massive amounts of people on welfare(again..get a job) we are scared that there will be nothing left, for the people who actually paid into it!!It's about time we stopped outsourcing our jobs to other countries and between the tree huggers and cap and trade...we don't stand a chance of turning this country around.You may not like the context of this e-mail, but this is EXACTLY how middle class americans feel.Black,white,or yellow,were tired of busting our humps to support the people who CHOOSE to live off the govt..I'm proud to be a god fearing,gun carrying American,clinging to my arcatic values(his words again)

    October 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  73. Will in Colorado

    Why are so many more people voting in these midterm elections?
    So many people are hurting and there doesn’t look like there is much hope for the middle class. Those who have the power to relive the pain are playing games by not hiring. Therefore, many more people are voting for a sign of Hope!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  74. Ed from California

    Because we have to save our country from the radical wrong! Do you listen to this Miller from Alaska, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Sabrina the teenage witch from Delaware and don't forget Rand Paul? Have you heard their platforms? Get rid of unemployment insurance(insurance that comes from our paychecks). Privatize Social Security(how's your 401(k) doing?), Get rid of Medicare, Health Reform, Financial reform. Let's go back to the Bush years. Actually, Bush would look like a liberal, compared to these nuts.

    If the Republicans are all willing not to take a "Government" salary or the benefits. And of course cut off all "Government" retirees from benefits. Remember, Government is bad, get them out of "your" life. Then they have my vote. Talk the talk, walk the walk!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  75. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    People are at a point in their day to day lives to where they can feel, see, and experience the results of Government and politics. They are personally being adversely impacted in their pocket books. They now believe that their voting will be the silver bullet that will fix the economy and subsequently their personal financial status at a faster pace...

    October 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  76. tj

    Its called payback. They hate Obama and want him out or stopped at any cost. Obama and the Dems have done more in 2 years than Bush did in 8.. Oh and the Dems have had positive agenda like growing jobs, health care ending wars reforming Wall Street. Be careful what you as for. Many wanted and got Bush what a loser he turned out to be..

    October 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  77. Craig from Scottsdale

    Perhaps people are starting to pay attention. Both parties have looted the Treasurey and made obsene promises that they can not keep. If we think things are bad now, wait until the unfunded liabilites in the form of entitlements and pensions rear their ugly heads. I suspect we will see a new trend in this Country. Every two years the balance of power will change because the sitting Congress will be powerless to change the course of the Country.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  78. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Because government on every level is running amok. The silent majority will only stay silent for so long. The Tea Party is a example of normally politically apathetic people raising their voices, since our representatives have stopped listening. People sense that, while we were on our way downhill before, people in power have pushed aside the driver and slammed on the gas. People in this country are genuinely, and rightfully, scared that our country, as we know it, is slipping away, and they want to do something about it. Obama aside, even the states themselves are being driven into the gutter. All but a handful have budget gaps. My home state has a budget deficit in the tens of billions. Government at every level keeps kicking the can down the road, and it can end 2 ways. A drastic, difficult step to change direction or financial collapse. California is already talking about issuing IOU's again vs checks. Does your mortgage company take IOU's?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  79. thom richer

    Just a wild guess. Would it be because we now have a failed government controlled by Corporate interests? Or maybe it is because we have two, at the moment at least, failed wars that wreak of Imperialism? Just a guess, Jack.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  80. Smith in Oregon

    The Republican Party and Lawmakers of NO, No Ideas, No Help and No reason to collect their American taxpayer provided salary's have amply demonstrated that electing Republican and Tea Bagger politicians is a gross mistake which America's voters are working to erase.

    Vote Democratic candidates straight across the election board for a brighter and prosperous American future.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  81. Linda in Arizona

    They probably think their votes will make a difference. HAHAHAHA. Didn't they learn anything from voting for Obama? It doesn't matter who you vote for, the same corrupt oligarchy rules in the same way. Elected officials are just pawns and figureheads. They are, for the most part, interchangeable. Of course, some are worse than others, as in any republican is worse than any democrat, but not much.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  82. Eric

    Why? Because if we don't shrink this government, it's spending and it's debt, you can kiss this country goodbye. That won't happen with the current bunch of marxists.

    Socialism always sounded like a neat and novel idea in an abstract way, especially if you'd never lived under it. Now that Americans have had a taste of it, they realize they don't like it.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  83. Duop, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    The reason is that there so many Democrats and Republicans who have been confused by their parties. These parties have gone too far by favoring division over unity. Their supporters are up to cast their votes without thinking critically by failing to challenge their Masters. It is good to be an independent voter. This time I will punish them by casting my vote for the unknown candidates because I am tired of ideologies war. Jack, watch out for Tear the Public party!! I guess you know what I mean here.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  84. Annie, Atlanta

    It means we Democrats are going to get off our butts and go vote to keep the religious right fringe from getting their hands on our government. That could change, of course, if it rains. You know us – I hear tell we don’t go out in the rain, other than that whole dancing naked thing.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  85. Ted in California

    The answer is simple Jack: America is sinking... all hands on deck!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  86. Jonathan

    Because we are in a depression.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  87. Georgia Garrison

    I will vote early and it will be for President Obama. I guess I am telling you that I am white and I am voting for President Obama and the Democrats. If anyone wants the Teaparty candidates, then I must conclude the Country is on a downward spiral that we shall never climb out of.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  88. Maleka Florida

    In an attempt to try and further destroy the Obama administration.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  89. PiedType

    I can't top, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." It cuts both ways, as will my independent ballot.


    October 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  90. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    More people are voting in the midterm elections mainly because the tea party is very eager to vote their candidates into office in their efforts to try and take over the Republican Party now and then the country in 2012.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  91. Carl

    I feel as if more people are waking up to the realization that there's something wrong. And whether it's marijuana legalization or radical tax reform, who ever wins, hopefully things will change.

    Honolulu Hawaii

    October 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  92. Sharon & Eddie Settlemyer


    With all the unemplyment, why not go vote? There's nothing else to do.

    Eddie and Sharon
    Richland, TX

    October 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  93. Jim Blevins

    Obama campaigned on change and delivered. Lots of people feel very strongly about this in both directions.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  94. Don C.

    Personally, I registered to vote for my party to help offset some of the crazy I see out there from the far right.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  95. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    There's more than meets the eye. People have had it up to here with the Demos!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  96. Karl from SF, CA

    I hope it’s because after the Republicans announced their “Pledge to America”, rational people realize it would take us back to the disaster that got us in this hole and more of Bush-Cheney isn’t the way out. I certainly hope my fellow voters think through what a Republican Congress would mean to those of us that aren’t in that top 2% that the Republicans represent.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  97. Ayo, Texas

    History has shown that voter turn out is highest when things are very bad. maybe if politicians did any work while in office we would all have a peaceful "stay home" midterms

    Ayo, Texas

    October 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  98. Corey

    I think that after the last Presidential Election, people now more than ever feel that they are personally involved in the election process and that their votes matter. I feel that this mindset has carried over even two years later, and people have been closely following the political scenario and candidates, even those running in other states.

    Dayton, Ohio

    October 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  99. Pat Tucker, TallahasseeFL

    Becuzz if we don't, the TEA PARTY may replace ALL of our SANE Legislators – and we have so few of them to begin with!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  100. Pascal Boissonnet

    Quite simple Jack,
    Or you are against Democrats, or too afraid of Republicains!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  101. Dave

    Just because I'm unhappy with the wimpy Democrats who didn't have the nerve to push their agenda through,does not mean that I will vote for a Republican- I'm more likely to vote for a DIFFERENT Democrat.

    La plus ça change...

    October 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  102. Cheryl, Florida

    People are frustrated with politicians who are not listening to them. I plan to research every candidate on my ballot. Unemployment in my area is over 11%, and predicted to rise because of the closure of the Space Center. I don't want to hear "I'm going to bring jobs back". I want to know specifically how they will bring jobs back. The recession is not over here in Florida, and this years voting will reflect that.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  103. Lynn Largo FL

    Anyone with 2 brain cells knows the country is gone and to salvage anything we must get rid of this man by any means possible. Vote them all out. I've already voted hoping to get rid of him before Nov 2nd!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  104. stormy lady

    Dear Jack, this campaign for 2010 and 2012 began right after the 2008 election. This anger did not show up for two irresponsible wars and a do-nothing 8 years administration including 911 and Katrina. Bob Woodward can forget calling his new tell all security book, Obama Wars, wow, that's a new one after nineteen months. The media helped the tea party and the angry town hall meetings and the just say NO republicans., If they don't win with all the support, then they will probably pull a hanging chad on everyone, that will work. Prayers for our president that a good samaritan with a divine plan can stop the crucifixion.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  105. Woody, NC

    The problem with voting in these midterm elections, is that REALLY NONE OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING offer anything that would be revolutionarally NEW to the already impotent agenda that present politicians are offering to keep pushing. To add to this, all that I read up on as new political "meat" are the same LOSERS all around that we already have in office. I will not waste precious gasoline to drive two miles to vote for old or new meat, nor do I care to get the exercise to take part in this vote by walking or riding my bicycle to the voting place. It is NOT worth the danger posed by subjecting myself to traffic that I would encounter. End of story!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  106. katiec Pekin, IL

    There is going to be a bigger turn out because the media have given all their attention to the tea baggers, republicans, who will only create further destruction for our country.
    Intelligent, caring voters realize we cannot go back to politics as usual, cannot allow a party that represents Wall St etc, sacrificing the American people at every turn, have irrational, unAmerican policies, policies that will set our country back for years regain control.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  107. Andy

    More people are voting early simply because the states are making it easier to do so. This does not necessarilly translate into more people are voting in the mid-terms.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  108. Gigi Oregon

    It's probably Democrats fearing you trying to get "we the people" to vote Republican and they want to get their vote in early for the Democrat candidate. We haven't paid off the Republican debt yet. "Good Lord" how far back do you want the U.S. to slide, Jack. Or are you gathering new material for a new book. How about "America Down and Out" Or "How America Became a Third-world Country" in one election.".

    October 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  109. Andy

    More people are voting early simply because the states are making it easier to do so. This does not necessarilly translate into more people are voting in the mid-terms. Charleston, SC

    October 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  110. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Because millions still have HOPE. Hope to get out of the unemployment line or stay employed, hope to keep their homes, etc., it's hope they believe in.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  111. Tavoris

    The utmost reason is to keep these right wing nut jobs out of office. They seem to be trying to set America back 50 yrs . The ppl it seems the tea dummies are talking to are BACKWOOD tobacco spiters. They the GOP does not have the middle class in mind @ all. People need stop talking RACE except when it comes to the POTUS b/c it's about rich & poor nothing more & DAMN sure nothing LESS. They (older WHITE PPL) have a very serious problem with the POTUS being black so in turn the GOP uses FEAR TATICS to scare them to the voting booth so we as young America(40 & under) need to come out in full affect b/c our times & our minds are completely different frm a so called baby boomer who was born into complete fear of EVERY WAR is the END of DAYS & the BREAD LINE is AROUND the CORNER!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  112. Randy

    It's time for a change, when something does not work, you replace it. What in office has not been working for the people, it's been working for big business. IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  113. Dan from Pittsburgh. Pa

    Why not. Maybe the American voters are starting to understand that the vote is sacred, Ya right. It's such a shame that the public does not take voting as a moral and patriotic obligation. My wife and I vote in every election and we instilled that in our children, who also vote in every election. If you don't vote, don't complain! Go Democrats!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  114. Cammie - Atlanta, GA

    To keep the Republican Foxnews Teaparty out of power. Funny nobody seems to remember when 401k were plummetting, gas was near $5.00 a gallon during Bush and Lehman Bros. collapse. We may be moving at snails pace but hell at least we weren't free-falling.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  115. Jerry - Fountain CO

    Easy! Don't have to take a day off from work or stand in lines. It's the mail-in option Baby!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  116. Mark

    Because they have realized that they were fooled by the telepromter President. Sorry to say but America deserved this guy for not "thinking" and doing their homework. American sheeple wake up!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm |