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Early Voting: The Quiet Revolution in American Elections

ByPaul Gronke

Millions of Floridians heeded Obama’s call. In fact, early voting exploded in popularity throughout the South. There is perhaps no more enduring image that reflected the historic nature of the 2008 election than the tens of thousands of African American voters waiting for two to three hours, or even longer, to cast an early vote.2 The enthusiasm for Obama among early voters was, to many observers, a key signal of the eventual Obama victory over Senator John McCain (Padgett, 2008).