The opponents of voter ID are eerily silent after record-setting turnouts occurred yesterday in states with voter ID laws. It’s now exceptionally clear that the alleged claims of mass voter disenfranchisement are overstated fiction. The five Super Tuesday states with voter ID laws -- Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia -- experienced record-breaking turnouts.
Alabama anticipated high turnout, and it was high:
"We expect [turnout] to be as high as 750,000 people in the Republican primary and 350,000 in the Democratic primary," [Secretary of State John] Merrill said. Turnout could be "higher than every election that we've seen since 2000, with exception of the 2008 race, where it was a very competitive Republican primary" and then-presidential candidate Barack Obama boosted turnout in the Democratic primary, he added.
Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas also experienced much higher than average primary turnout. Virginia had 30% of eligible voters cast a ballot in the primary:
In 2008, roughly 489,000 people voted in the Republican primary, while about 986,000 people cast votes in the Democratic race.