So, Who’s Not Voting? Apparently The Masses

11 08 2008

Roughly 800 people out of 18,000 people (Edit: Registered voters for clarification) in this county voted last Thursday.

That’s pathetic.

Or is this an indication of some greater problem.

I’m thinking about it.

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11 08 2008
Tommy

Much the same results over this way, though I couldn’t give you an exact number. I went, mainly to vote against the incumbents, which is something of a hobby of mine, but I couldn’t name one other person who went, including friends and family.

Over here, in the public eye, anyway, there didn’t seem to be much pressing on the ballot. Not that I agree or disagree, but uncontested primaries and school board seats aren’t impressed (or impressive) by the press or the candidates.

I mean, it’s not like we were voting for or against liquor, or anything.

I dunno. Even in BFE, I tend to think our perception of what’s important is getting skewed in the face of media that’s in your head all the time…and it’s getting harder and harder to think that one vote really matters….though on the local scale is where it matters perhaps more than ever.

11 08 2008
Russ

‘Coma, 800/18,000 is 4.4 percent; does that 18,000 represent total county population or the number of registered voters?

Turnout in Knox County was surprisingly light (half the number who voted on Super Tuesday in February). Especially considering the fact that the August election was the final chapter in the Black Wednesday saga, and that most people in Knox County continue to be PO’ed at local government, I had hoped for a much higher turnout.

At least as far as Knox County goes, I think the low turnout was due to several factors. After two years of headlines about scandals among county officials, there’s a lot of burnout/scandal fatigue. People are just tired of hearing about it (yet they’re not willing to show up and vote to change things). We had precious few compelling races this time, at the local, state, or federal level.

And, as Tommy noted, we weren’t voting on liquor or anything.

11 08 2008
newscoma

We have 18,000 registered voters and a declining population that has gone from roughly 35,000 to about 32,000.
I think it’s burnout as well. I’m going to edit this post to reflect it’s registered voters.
Thanks.

11 08 2008
Russ

Wow; 4.4 percent turnout of *registered* voters really is awful. Maybe it’s the heat.

11 08 2008
newscoma

I know. It’s disheartening. The county of Ned McWherter = Epic Fail.

11 08 2008
Katherine Coble

I used to vote all the time. I swear, though, as I get older the choices I’m asked to endorse with my voice are more and more pathetic and less and less different from one another.

Would you like gruel or liver?

Now when I don’t vote I make it a point of letting everyone know that I didn’t vote not because I couldn’t be troubled to leave the house or because I was busy watching American Idol but because I refuse to lend the support of my voice to any of the candidates on the roster.

12 08 2008
Barry

There’s really no big mystery why people don’t vote. They know it doesn’t really matter anymore – the elections are decided by the number of people in the county that belong (or at least adhere to) one party or the other. The more Republicans there are, the more Republicans win. It’s all party party party. A Republican ran in my district for County Commissioner against an Independent. The Republican was appointed to Commission by the demonized current set of good-ole-boy commissioners. And he was of course elected. There was no need to vote for the (I) guy (even though I thought he was a better choice) because the outcome was a foregone conclusion. We choose where we want to live, and we’re not going to change people’s minds in any wholesale way around us, so there’s no point.

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