The off-year 2002 vote was about 160K, with about 290K in 2004. If today’s vote will be closer to 100K, that suggests something less than strong grass-roots enthusiasm.
At most, about 12,000 people voted Tuesday in Tarrant County.
And this one from Wisconsin, Low Voter Turnout,
County Clerk Bob Ohlsen says, except for Sun Prairie and the Monona–Cottage Grove areas, where there are school referendums on the ballot, turnout has been unusually low … about 5 percent in most of the county.
And these from Missouri, Voter turnout low,
Despite several important races, only 5,447 voters turned out at the polls out of a possible 25,906. In the Spring Creek West district, zero voters showed up at the polls.
Results are in for the 2006 general election and several local governing boards have new leadership even though voter turnout tallied in at just 9.85 percent.
Now, combine those with this California story, New ID System May Block Voters,
Thousands of Californians who register to vote or update their records may not receive sample ballots or be able to vote as absentees because of the state’s new method of verifying identities, election officials say.
If Demos don’t – or can’t – vote, they can’t win. Even if the voting machines aren’t rigged.
I frequently remind readers that those of us who read (and write) blogs are not like the rest of the public. We are hyper-informed. I think it is so important to understand that the ways we get our information and the kinds of information we retain are profoundly different from the public-at-large, and if we want them to think and act a certain way, we need to reach out to them in the places they are listening with stories and information they will “hear” and act on.
Obviously we’re not getting through to them now. Not even to the ones who would naturally be on our side.