Voters... Turnout!

It's an almost unbelievable prediction from Secretary of State Ron Thorburgh. He expects turnout for Tuesday's primary elections will be the second-lowest since 1990. He predicts a measly 19-percent of registered voters will cast ballots Tuesday - 2006 saw the lowest turnout at 18-percent. Thornburgh's reasoning is that there are only 48 contested primaries. To be fair, if I didn't have any contested races on my ballot, I probably wouldn't vote either. But if you do have contested races where you live, I hope you are making plans to get out and vote. In Shawnee County, for example, there are some very hotly contested races on both sides of the aisle. All of you who've complained about your elected officials - this is your time to change things! If you're not voting, let me hear your reasons. It doesn't do any good to wait until the general election - the candidate you support may not make it that far if you don't give him or her your vote now. These are the people who will make the decisions that impact your life and your community. Don't leave it up to 19-percent to make the decision for you.

 

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