New Hampshire typically ranks among the highest in voter turnout in the nation: 71.7% in 2008; 70.9% in 2004; and 63.9% in 2000. For comparison, national averages for those years were 57.48%, 55.27%, and 51.30%, respectively.
This election, though, might set a new high water mark for New Hampshire.
Headlines from the Manchester Union Leader suggests New Hampshirites understand the import of their role as potential election decider:
- Long line for new voter registration in Raymond a harbinger of big turnout
- Exeter expects 80 percent voter turnout
- Rindge expecting an all-time voting record today
- Pembroke election turnout may surpass the 79% seen in 2008
Related: Mashable reports New Hampshire is among the top four states doing the most Googling of both Romney and Obama.