terracinque: (Kim Doonesbury)
Georgia Early Voting Statistics as of October 24, 2008

Number of ballots cast: 967,210
Turn out Demographics:
Black Female 213,686
Black Male 129,116
White Female 324,076
White Male 263,154
Asia-PI Female 2,300
Asia-PI Male 1,692
Hisp-Lt Female 2,909
Hisp-Lt Male 2,304
Native AM Female 67
Native AM Male 70
Other 27,836
Total 967,210

Those raw numbers become these percentages:

Blacks: 342802 or 35.44%
Whites: 587230 or 60.71%
Asian-PI: 3992 or 0.41%
Hispanic/Latino: 5213 or 0.5%
Native American: 137 or 0.00142%
All other voters: 27836 or 2.9%

I've calculated the likely Georgia vote for Obama, based on the above.

African-American voters are expected to turn out at a rate of 95% for Obama,* so:

Blacks for Obama: 95% of 342802 or 33.67% of the total vote.

Georgia Caucasians turned out at a rate of 77% for Bush in 2004. That leaves 23% for Obama:

Whites for Obama: 23% of 587230 or 13.96%

For non-white non-black voters, I have no idea how they're likely to vote. I assume Asians are slightly more Democratic than whites and Latinos are heavily more so, but I really don't know. The total of these voters is so small anyway, I decided to just split them right down the middle.

All other voters for Obama: 50% of 33186 or 1.9%

Total for Obama: 49.53% of the vote.

Room for error:

1. Whites probably won't vote for McCain at the same high rate as they did for Bush in 2004. Obama will probably get more than 23% of the white vote.

2. Cuban-Americans are heavily Republican, Mexican-Americans are heavily Democratic. Korean-Americans and Filipino-Americans are heavily Republican. Most other minorities are heavily Democratic. So Obama is likely to win much more than 50% of that 1.9%. That still won't be many voters, but then 49.53% isn't far from a majority either.

3. I'm assuming early-voting demographics will be the same as Election Day demographics. I don't think that's correct; my understanding is that this year the early voters have been skewing Democratic. For example, right now blacks are 35% of the Georgia electorate, even though they're only 27% of the state's population, and have never been more than 29% of the electorate in the past.

Still. It's really close, and the momentum is all on Obama's side. I'm going to go ahead and predict an Obama victory in Georgia on November 4th.

Even if I'm wrong about that, the mere fact that Obama is in such close contention in Georgia indicates that McCain is in big, big trouble nationally. Obama will win the Presidency by a landslide.

Now my mind is at ease about changes in the Supreme Court over the next four years. I'll move on to worrying that Proposition 8 will pass in California.

* I don't have cites for any claims in this post; I found all my info through Google somewhere. I figure that's good enough for my BOE calculations.
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I don't know how much most of you know about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), but it's recently been the subject of a shitstorm in Congress's Democratic caucus and the world of GLBT activism.

As originally written, the bill would have made it "illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote an employee simply based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity." More details are here.

It's a tremendous piece of legislation, and when it passes (as it will someday; the only question is when), homosexuals and transsexuals will be protected at the federal level, just as minorities and the disabled are already.

It was being shepherded through Congress by Barney Frank, who, a few weeks ago (and with the approval of Speaker Pelosi), dropped the "gender identity" provisions of the bill, saying ENDA didn't have the votes to pass if that were included.

Dozens of activist groups, mostly GLB and only a handful T, reacted with strong disapproval of a version of ENDA that did not protect gender identity as well as sexual orientation. The backlash to the change in language was so strong that Pelosi and Frank agreed to delay introduction of the bill for two weeks.
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