The results are in, and without even considering which candidates won, I couldnít be happier about the way this election worked out. Whether youíre a Democrat or a Republican, everyone should be encouraged about one thing in this election: the number of voters who turned out.
The pundits were predicting a record voter turnout, but Iím not sure anyone could have foreseen the numbers of voters who came out yesterday to cast their ballots. According to CNN, voter turnout this year was the highest it has been since women received the right to vote.
Voter turnout numbers have been on the low side for several of the past elections, and the number of young voters coming to the poll has been cited as a big factor, but this year, a staggering number of voters of all ages and cultural backgrounds made their voices heard.
The young vote was one of the deciding factors during this election season. Getting the young voters in America excited and energized about politics has been a priority for both parties in recent years, and finally, they have been successful.
Even here in Chenango County, the amount of participation and energy that has been associated with this yearís election has been remarkable. It was evident yesterday to anyone who drove through Norwich and saw the volunteers on both sides of the street, supporting their partyís candidates. Iím sure this is often done during elections, but the number of volunteers, young and old who stood outside all day waving signs was something I donít remember seeing in recent years.
People have said a lot of things about the Democratic candidate, both good and bad, but you canít argue with the fact that his campaign has energized the country. People have voiced their opinion and have decided they want a change.
Who knows how much change we will actually see. Maybe the political world will remain exactly the same as it is today, but as long as Americans continue to play an active role in their government, get involved in the political process and voice their opinions, I think the country will be a better place.