With the last of the 2010 races being decided, The Green Papers has put together an unofficial tally of all ballots cast in the historic election last month, and the numbers are not dramatic at all. In fact, relative to the number of registered voters still lingering around from the 2008 election, voter turnout might actually be lower.
2006 House of Representative elections
Democrats: 42,082,311 - 52.0%.
Republicans: 35,674,808 - 44.1%.
Total votes - 80,975,537 - 100%.
2010 House of Representative elections
Republicans: 44,103,309 - 52.2%.
Democrats: 37,810,704 - 44.7%.
Total voters - 84,563,209 - 100%.
You have got to be kidding me. All of the media coverage, momentum, and enthusiasm brought a grand total of 3.5 million more Americans to the ballot box than in 2006? Perhaps, I'm impatient because not all the results are out for us to count, but even if we reach 5 million more than 2006, it still doesn't feel dramatic to me.
However, there is one bright spot: Republicans gained 8.5 million more votes, and half of those, I can take great pleasure from, are from new voters.