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I think 8.6% is actually a decent turnout for a primary. If it were a general election then that would be low. Way too long of a whine for a primary.
I didn't vote in the primary but it's the first election I've missed in 25 years. The reason I sat out on this one was because I hadn't done my homework and didn't really know anything about the candidates.
Don't know if it's apathy or cynicism. Intelligent folks know the political process--local as well as national--gives the wealthy an upper hand in the process. Why vote? It merely lends legitimacy to a corrupt process.
okay, I will say it. It. was. a. primary.
After I read the first paragraph of Mr. Herberts post patting himself on the back and telling how cool it was to advance vote. I knew the next paragraph would be to express his shame for all the other voters. Sorry the voters didn't meet your expectations.
This is really sad, especially since the local elections and government touch our lives far more than the national elections. And the advance voting was so easy. Sunday was a beautiful day and there were quite a few people who showed up. Jamie Shew and his crew worked hard to allow people to vote early and avoid the storm. I am sure they are even more disappointed. They do all they can to make voting easy for people. Get away from your TV and computer and go out and vote!!
I helped one candidate with their election. This candidate did not make it into the top 6. We will never know if the weather played a part in who got out and voted for her or not. But what did make our day was Wednesday, we received an email from a resident of Babcock Place who got out in the weather and rode the T to make sure she was able to help get her voice heard. This is a woman who truly appreciates her privilege to vote in our democratic country.
If this elderly woman made such effort, everyone else could have also. Aside from advance polling being open for three weeks prior to the election, Jamie Shew, our County Clerk, and his team extended advanced voting hours; opened on Sunday; with the help of the Secretary of State had Monday extended to 7 pm. Every candidate that I was following was getting emails, texts, FB messages, calls, etc out to make sure everyone knew. And you know what else Jamie Shew did. He slept in the courthouse, in a sleeping bag, so that he could ensure being at the courthouse Tuesday morning so he could help dispatch drivers to take people to man each polling place. By 7:30 am every polling place was open. The County Clerk's office did an amazing job.
And the result 8.6%. Sad and pathetic for a town like Lawrence where it seems every resident has an opinion. Make your opinion truly be heard on April 2nd and get out and vote in the General Election. Not only do we have the important City Commission race on the ballot but the school bond issue. Let's challenge our special town to double or more the turnout from the Primary Election! And thank you Matthew for your letter!
I guess this is the reality of an uneducated electorate who spend more time listening to reality TV than the reality of their own lives. Someone needs to do a better job of telling the uneducated who to vote for.
What do you bet close to 100% of regestered voters who own a four wheel drive vehicle, didn't vote? Ha. It's apathy, not the weather. We had until 7:00pm to vote.
You know who volunteers to tend the voting polls? LITTLE OLD LADIES!!!! THAT's RIGHT, 70+ year old women make it to the polls.
The transportation and safe footing difficulties caused by a couple of bang-bang 10-inch snow storms can take the starch out of the most ardent voter.
I'll bet the voter turnout is much higher come the general election. Well, assuming Lawrence doesn't get buried by another deep snowfall, or clobbered by a tornado.
It's a common theme in the LjW LTE. Not enough people......
Use the local golf courses.
Ride the T bus system
Use the Library
Implement water conservation measures
Implement energy conservation measures
Pay child support (I don't see this as a LTE topic but threw it in 'cause it's true)
Ya' know what people do....eat. Next election, put the voting booths in restaurants, you'll see an increase in voter turn out.
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