The upcoming US presidential election will probably be one of the most bitterly fought-over and polarizing elections in recent US history. This year, there seems to be a lot more young people (as well as more people in general) getting involved. This young voter irregularity is probably screwing up current national and state-by-state polling, as the good people at www.electoral-vote.com have pointed out. (Because many young people don’t get polled or polled incorrectly in phone polling for reasons like: cell phones are often not called, college students living away etc.) Anyway, this year’s voter turnout will likely be much higher than in recent previous elections. Here’s a quick national tally of the last eleven presidential election’s voter turnout of the voting age population (not just registered voters!): 2000 - 51.3% 1996 - 49.08% 1992 - 55.23% 1988 - 50.15% 1984 - 53.11% 1980 - 52.56% 1976 - 53.55% 1972 - 55.21% 1968 - 60.84% 1964 - 61.92% 1960 - 62.77% ( Source: http://www.fec.gov/elections.html ) So what do you think this year’s voter turnout will be? *Public Poll I’m going to guess a little less than 60%, so between 57.5% and 60%. While I do believe there will be a sharp increase in the voter turnout, there are probably still a lot of people who don’t trust either candidate and will abstain from voting.