Drawing Conclusions from Early Voting (Georgia Edition)

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From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Ambinder), a dispatch on early voting in Georgia:

Just cast an early vote in Cobb County. Only took one hour, forty-five minutes — exactly three weeks before Election Day.

A long line folded itself three times in a relatively hot October sun, shortly before lunch-time. Perhaps a dozen people couldn’t stick it out — they left before getting to the front of the line.

Every one of those who gave up the effort was white. Once in, not a single African-American walked away while I was there. If voter fatigue becomes a factor over the next three weeks, and on Election Day itself, one has to wonder if Republicans are more likely to lose out than Democrats.

If you remember the Ohio vote in 2004, you know that black voters were faced with hellacious lines while upper-class white neighborhoods encountered few problems. My understanding is that a strong-willed and very competent Secretary of State in Ohio is working to make sure that doesn’t happen again, but it may not matter. This report suggests African-American voters nationwide will simply not be deterred this time around.

And, for what it’s worth, Obama is dominating early voting.

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