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LETTER: 'Apalled' By Low Voter Turnouts

Bel Air resident Michael Blum expresses frustration over low voter turnouts in a letter to the editor.

TO THE EDITOR:

I am constantly appalled a low voter turnouts. It's a symbol or symptom of something but I'm not sure what -- complacency? Self-satisfaction? Diffidence? Insouciance? Abandonment? Lack of hope? Civilizational discontent? Surely people aren't so comfortable and happy with today's elected governments as to simply sit back and let a very very small few determine who is in office! When one considers the blood that was shed to GET the right to vote, and the decades it took to EXTEND that right to citizens of every race and both sexes, one would at least expect that pretty much every eligible person would exercise that precious right every time possible. I believe that I have never missed a single primary or general election beginning in 1972, the first time I was eligible, including non-partisan elections when I lived in the Town of Bel Air. This sort of thing makes me feel, desperate though it might be, that I would be in favor of making voting MANDATORY, if that's what it would take to get people out of their barcaloungers and into the polls!

Michael I. Blum
A Harford County resident since 1984

Kraken Attack April 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
You have to account for different factors: Democratic voters are stuck with Obama for the primary, Independents can't vote for a Repuplican candidate in the primary. After those two factors, then you include people who feel that Romney has already won the Republican primary or that besides Romney, Santorum is the only other Republican likely to win and don't like either. Then people who think all the Republican candidates are bad and finally, those who either don't care for the primary elections and waiting for the general elections or those who just don't care about voting. I just believe that the group that just doesn't care about voting is very small.
Karl Schuub April 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Sense of apathy is prevalent and equally as appalling. The things that government gets away with primarily because they count on most of us being utterly and completely complacent and unaware...listened to the county council meeting last night and learned two things; 1) they got a bunch of money back from insurance reimbursements that they've decided to provide yet another kickback in the form of a month free of charge for health care premiums to all public employees, and 2) somehow between the police, firefighters, EMTs and some form of non-profit they've come up short another 400K for which they require additional non-budgeted dollars just to get through June. Nobody seemed to have a good answer as to what happened with the other money beyond some attorney got paid 125K for services. Don't vote, don't be aware and this is what we end up with...a million dollar parking lot across from the courthouse and a complete lack of accountability in leadership.
franking April 05, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Mandatory voting is a really bad idea. Better to not vote than to not understand or care what or who you're voting for.
TMZ April 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Lets see how many big words we can use in an article.
Phil Dirt April 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I would rather have 10% voter turnout than 100% if the other 90% doesn't care enough to research the candidates and the issues. Every uninformed voter has the possibility of cancelling out my well thought out vote just by checking the box of a random candidate.
Brandon April 06, 2012 at 10:52 AM
It's not an article. It's a "letter to the editor." Maybe you should educate yourself instead of criticizing another person's vocabulary.
Karl Schuub April 06, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Indeed.
TMZ April 06, 2012 at 08:07 PM
A "letter to the editor" is considered an article once published.
Monica April 06, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The only time people will really care about voting is when they are told they cannot vote.
1ke April 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Yes, Phil, I'll snag your vote every time. And Karl, my kids have yours covered with two to spare. Just let me know the candidate of your choice.

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