The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

May 8, 2014

Editorial: Looking to blame non-voters? Don't

Who is to blame for a 15.67 percent turnout Tuesday among registered voters in Madison County?

Even rounding it up to 16 percent does not improve the appearance that 84 percent of the county’s voters don’t care enough to vote. Or that 84 percent of 94,660 voters just thought that May 6 did not offer enough excitement in the candidates or offices.

Do we blame the precincts with miserably low participation? How about the 7.8 percent turnout in Ward 2, Precinct 5 voting at 2730 Columbus Ave. in Anderson? Or the 9.3 percent voting at the downtown fire headquarters? Or the 7.1 percent voting at Grandview Church of the Brethren in Pendleton?

Forget placing blame. It’s too late now.

Let’s thank those who showed up at the polls Tuesday.

Like the 22 percent who came to vote at the Head Start facility on Brentwood Drive? Those are more like the turnout numbers for Madison County in previous primary elections.

How about the 40 percent turnout turned in by voters going to Apple Creek Apartments on Anderson's south side?

And what about the 50 percent rate in Union Township 8. Granted there are only four registered voters. And of the two who voted, they were split in a couple of races. Nevertheless, two voters get to have their say in the future of their community.

And that's the reason 14,834 of us found a few minutes to go to a poll Tuesday: to have a say in the American process. To show we believe in the system, even if we disagree with elements of that process. Even if we're a Republican who votes for the slate of candidates or believes the slate doesn't offer the best candidates. There's a reason to vote for every voter who is registered.

So instead of blaming the people who were no-shows in the American system of democracy, let's thank those who showed up at the polls. They can encourage family and friends to prepare for the Nov. 4 general election. Remind them what they missed May 6 but don't rub it in ... too much.

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