Ten years ago, the video poker machine industry created a political fire storm that swept the state of South Carolina, giving Democrats unexpected victories. Big gambling money created at huge get out the vote effort for South Carolina Democrats and as such, South Carolina Democrats enjoyed their best election year in the past 20 years.
Should we expect the same in 2008? Frankly, the jury is still out on that question, but one thing is for sure, Republican candidates had better have their own get out the vote efforts in high gear.
Voter registration has substantially increased. Further, absentee voting has reportedly substantially increased. Though Obama forces are not concentrating on South Carolina, activists still registered a large number of voters. Such a large number that is unlikely that the validity of those voters can be verified before the election. Further, even in South Carolina, there is an angst against the Republican Party that might translate into votes for the Democrats.
So, yes, the SC GOP and its candidates should be worried and take nothing for granted. Not since the video poker mess of ten years ago has the climate seemed so favorable for the Democrats. GOP candidates have to not only be sure to get out their voters, but they had better be prepared to make sure the rules of election day are followed.
Between now and Election Day the crackerjack staff of Voting under the Influence will outline the rules and make sure everyone knows how to vote legally and how to legally challenge an improper vote.