...so all these stories of 'massive turnout' were nonsense..?
The nonsense is people are comparing the vote totals the day after the 2012 election with the final certified vote totals from 2008; then even worse is trying to come up with elaborate "explanations" for a drop in turnout that doesn't exist.
It actually takes upwards of a month in some states to actually count all the ballots and then certify results.
As just ONE example (California is not the only state with uncounted ballots, they're simply the state with the most, and they actually post updates of how many unprocessed ballots they have, which most states do not) California has 1.7 million unprocessed ballots remaining.
Overall turnout will perhaps be lower in 2008, but not by nearly as much as these worthless articles written by imbeciles claim, and likely most of that drop will be in New York and New Jersey, because of Sandy.