Opinion: The few, proud… the voters

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And so another primary election has come and gone, with much discussion in the aftermath about low voter turnout. What has been missing from the discourse, though, has been examination. We can’t for any reason understand why Hamilton County voters stayed away from the polls – in droves, as they say. In our county, a paltry 12.1 percent of registered voters turned out to try to make a difference for their communities and our state and nation. To be so disconnected from the opportunity to reward or deny those seeking office is pure abdication if you believe the national polls. We’re told millenials, especially, were no-shows. To that group we would say, “People, this is your future. Are you satisfied with $17.5 trillion in national debt? Are you happy to have the state run (perhaps into the ground financially) a mass transit system? Your future! Your dime, your dance floor.” The sweeping back in of incumbents nationally was similarly troubling to us, especially on the Republican side of the aisle, where all the ineffective lapdogs seemingly have been rewarded with another term. The two-party system, as it exists today, wins with a low voter turnout. By not participating, we play into the establishment’s hands, and that’s why nothing ever changes. But is this what our home county looks like now? We don’t understand how any race in last Tuesday’s polling could be considered “not sexy enough” to bring out the vote. Every single race mattered. It’s about you, your community, your state, your nation and (ta-da!) your wallet. If you truly want change, then you will have voted in the primary, because that is the election that more often than not determines whether incumbents stay or go. The question becomes, then: Do you really want change?


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