by Josh Casey, C&C Firearms
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That’s the local voter turnout for yesterday’s general election. 22%, and please keep in mind that is 22% of registered voters. It is startling to imagine what that number would fall to if we took into account the people who have never even registered to vote.
So often I hear people wonder aloud how it is that small political minorities and special interest groups seem to have so much sway over politics in this country. How a small group of people can seemingly steam roll the majority of Americans………22%, that’s how. This isn’t just a local problem, statewide turnout look to be about 30%......Lets break that down a little bit.
Our own Sheriff, Shane Doyle, touched on this a little yesterday. Kentucky’s Governor is elected by a simple majority, which is half +1 of the votes. If only 30% of registered Kentuckians voted yesterday, then in a hotly contested race, your new governor was elected by just over 15% percent of registered voters. Does that mean that 85% of the state believes things are going so well that there is no need for their input? Do we trust that such a small number of people will simply make the right choices for us?
I find myself very conflicted this morning. I’m deeply frustrated by an election where nearly every candidate I supported won. The truth is that this has nothing to do with winners and losers. Please get educated about the candidate and vote.
How is it that laws are constantly passed that run contrary to the core values that we hold dear, and that we know the majority of Americans also believe in?……..22% that’s how.