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Education voters are casting ballots early in significant numbers

In some key states a quarter of NEA members and their families have already cast their ballots

WASHINGTON - October 31, 2008 -

Tens of thousands of education voters and their families have already cast their ballots at the polls according to an NEA survey of early voters and returned ballots. In the swing states of Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada, a quarter of NEA members and their families already cast their ballots. Other critical states like New Mexico, Ohio and Florida are reporting impressive early voting results as well. 

"These numbers are proof that our efforts to mobilize our 3.2 million members and their families are paying off," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "Over the next four days, we'll continue to push hard to get our members and their families to the polls to elect friends of public education at the national, state and local levels."

Media reports indicate early voters are breaking records across the country. In the 2004 election, one in five Americans of voting age voted before Election Day. In 2008, that number is estimated to increase to one in three voters.

NEA is a huge voting bloc with 3.2 million members. When immediate family members are factored in, that audience grows to more than 5 million potential voters.

For a quarter of NEA members and their families-totaling more than 100,000 early voters-in Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, the 2008 election is already behind them. In New Mexico, Ohio and Florida, critical swing states, more than 17,000, 24,000, and 38,000, respectively, early votes have been cast by members and their families.

Historically, NEA members have been reliable voters. In the 2004 and 2006 elections, 86 percent and 71 percent of NEA members turned out to vote, respectively. In contrast, 60.7 percent and 40 percent of Americans of voting age went to the polls, respectively.

"If this voting trend continues-and we believe it will-our members are poised to make a significant difference on November 4," said Van Roekel. "Watch NEA members and their families if you want to know the outcome of races across the country." 

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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