The 2008 elections in many ways showed that American democracy is still alive. Millions of voters volunteered for or donated to their favored candidates. Thanks to a free, open, and vibrant Internet, we could all tap an amazing wealth of viewpoints and news sources on the election, fact-check the debates and attack ads, and join the dialogue. Finally, on Election Day, almost 130 million of us -- the highest turnout in 100 years -- came out to vote, many of us waiting in poll lines for hours. When challenged, we held our ground and called on thousands of election-protection volunteers to protect our right to vote.