The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 August 2007

Turnout may be described as "light"

In fact, it might almost be described as "weightless." At 5:15 I checked in at my local precinct, and the line was nonexistent; the precinct staffers gave me that "Thank God someone showed up" look I've seen entirely too many times before and the 116th ballot of the day.

There are those who say that low turnout means disgruntled voters, and surely some of them are — I've been short on grunt for some time now — but I prefer to think that in the main, instead of disgruntled, we are simply smug and complacent.

Update, 9:15 pm: It's Willa Johnson (D) versus Forrest Claunch (R). There were 5,996 Democrats and 2,067 Republicans. Assuming District 1 has one-third of the county population, there being three districts, this means a shade over 8,000 voters out of 230,000 residents.

Posted at 5:38 PM to City Scene , Political Science Fiction

Do you know how many people complain about government and politicians? Lots.

I ask them if they voted. They say no because it wouldn't make a difference if they did.

I then tell them if they don't vote they lose their right to kvetch.

I think most people don't give a damn.

Posted by: Kay Dennison at 6:35 PM on 14 August 2007

I turn out for every little thing.

It's the big ones I want to blow off. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:04 PM on 14 August 2007

I was surprised by the very low turnout, given the importance of this election. Unfortunately though turnout is historically very, very low in NE OKC, which is really sad given the history of voter disenfranchisement in the Black community.

I wonder what party voter registration is like in this district. Independents (like myself) didn't vote on Tuesday since it was a primary election. Maybe there are a really high number of indies here?

Posted by: J. M. Branum at 2:01 PM on 17 August 2007