Polls are now closed on the West Coast, and while votes are still being tallied across the Lower 48, one thing is already clear: voter turnout rates in general, and youth voting rates in particular, was - contrary to some predictions - if anything up from 2008.
No matter who wins at the local, state, or national level, having more people vote is a victory for everybody. So is helping people to cast their votes more knowledgeably. Thank you to everyone reading this - students, volunteers, state and national staff people from CEEP and all our partner organizations, and concerned citizens everywhere - for helping to demonstrate that despite the flaws of America's electoral system, the simple act of voting still matters. A lot. The efforts of each of you have helped make this election season a resounding success.
In the coming days we'll be sharing stories from campuses, polling stations, and this fall's voter registration and voter education efforts, as well as gathering reports from the field and soliciting your feedback on what CEEP did well and what it can do better next year. But for the moment, do something nice for yourself. You've earned it! And, from all of us on the CEEP national staff, a heartfelt thank you!