This coming Election Day on November 4 should get pretty darn interesting. It is according to a top official with the National Association of Election Officials (NAEO). According to this official, we can expect a huge turnout of voters this Election Day. This is coming from the words of Doug Lewis, the executive director of the NAEO.
On one end, it is great to have an unprecedented turnout. On the other end of the spectrum, it can and will become a major migraine for election officials at both a state and local level.
Should this be the case, one could humorously blame the Democrats. Consistent news reports show that there has been a spike in newly registered voters. To be more specific, it was a spike of newly registered Democratic voters. If you want to be even more specific, it was a spike of newly Democratic voters excited about Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
Nevertheless, talks of a much unprecedented turnout would mean that there’s a storm brewing this November 4.
Lewis said that the chaos that should happen on November could be a reminder of Galveston, Texas getting ravaged by the horrible might of Hurricane Ike.
Overall, Lewis said that officials will be overwhelmed by a plethora of problems via an unprecedented turnout. He explains that there is a lack of resources and trained poll workers will spell disaster on November 4. Also, he further explained that there are also new voting procedures that have not been tested yet. In the simplest of terms, big chaos can be expected on November 4.
One big problem Lewis said that most voters can find themselves waiting in very long lines. This will have a great impact on the election results. Many weeks ago, I wrote an article on Helium.com, in which I disagreed about making Election Day a holiday. When I now think of the possible chaos that could brew on Election Day, I am beginning to change my mind.
The thought of making Election Day a national holiday is beginning to be more appealing.
In the case of the poll officials, they can find themselves to be stressed out and overworked come Election Day.
Overall, Election Day should be interesting.
For the restaurant industry, it could take advantage of the long lines at the polls. Think food runs, deliveries, and so forth.
In general, things can get very ugly.