by Bob Geary
Dr. Michael McDonald of George Mason U. estimates total voter turnout in the U.S. this year at 130.4 million, or 61.2% of the eligible adult population. That's up from the '04 turnout of 60.1% of eligible adults. (Note: Eligible includes registered and un-registered adults 18 and older.) The record, the professor says: In 1968, 62.5% cast votes.
Turnout in North Carolina this year was well above the national average at 66.4%. Good, but not great -- four states were over 70%, led by Minnesota at 77.9%. Maine, Wisconsin and Michigan were the others, in that order. All cold-weather states. What's that about?