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Too Many Voters Staying Home

Posted by thelamp on July 20, 2006

The right to vote is precious, but a disturbing number of Americans are treating it as common. Primary election turnouts so far this year have been abysmal.

USA Today reported this week that in primaries in 25 states through the end of June, most voters failed to show up for primary elections – even with seats in governors’ mansions and in the U.S. Senate at stake. For example:

  • In New Mexico, the primary turnout was 22 percent.
  • In Idaho, turnout was 26 percent.
  • Just 19 percent of Pennsylvania voters bothered to show up at the polls for that state’s primary.
  • Fewer than 4 percent of Virginia’s Democratic voters participated in their state’s primary.

“It’s unsettling that more Americans don’t treat the opportunity to make their voices heard,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “Every election gives us the opportunity to hire or retire public servants based on whether we agree with the values they hold. I can’t imagine any Christian – or any American – passing up that opportunity. Traditionally the November elections draw more voters than primaries, but primaries are important as well because they narrow our choices for the general election. If you don’t vote in your state’s primary, you certainly take your chances of being faced with two unpalatable candidates in November.”

These states have primary elections in the coming weeks. If your state is listed below, make sure to exercise your right to vote!

  • July 18: Georgia.
  • July 25: Oklahoma.
  • August 1: Kansas.
  • August 3: Tennessee.
  • August 8: Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri.
  • August 15: Nevada.
  • August 22: Alaska, Wyoming.


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