March 23, 2006

Primary turnout

Turnout for the primary wasn't exactly impressive.

In the counties which have results available online:

Rock Island County reports a whopping 15.81% of registered voters cast ballots.

Henry County turnout was 15.25%

and Whiteside County turnout was only 13.4%

Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?


At 3/23/2006 7:18 PM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

To Politicians, primary voter's are like Gold Inside D!

The obvious side effect, is that special interests have so very much influence in party matters if they can even turn out a moderate number of votes for a Primary.

At 3/23/2006 8:32 PM, Blogger latinv said...

everyone should make an effort to communicate with at least 1 person who does not vote, and convince him/her of the need/right/duty/honor it is to Vote.

At 3/23/2006 9:00 PM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

I'll come out again in favor of complusory turnout, like they have in Australia.

It is awful to think that out of a community of over a hundred thousand people, the Senate race was decided by about 15,000.

Likewise, in a congressional district of 300,000 only about 25,000 came out to pick a candidate, and only 10,000 actually voted for the winner. It's shameful. People deserve what they get sometimes, because that kind of apathy allow scrupleless politicians to do what they like without being accoutnable.

At 3/23/2006 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it just the way it is. My vote counts for so much more.

At 3/23/2006 9:16 PM, Anonymous jnewby said...

Maybe that is because 85% of the registered voters have figured out that there isn't a hill of beans difference between the two parties. Oh yes, they talk two different games, but in the end it's just incompetence as usual.

No your vote doesn't count more, it just means that you are voting for the pick-pocket spend thrifts.

At 3/24/2006 7:09 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Jnewby you couldn't be more incorrect!
That is the whisper talking point of the republican party!
And sadly Democrats listen to it and stay home election day.
You don't hear the republicans saying they are just like Democrats though!

At 3/24/2006 8:32 AM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

If you believe there aren't major differences between the parties, you are fooling yourself.

I agree with diehard. Also, it's just an excuse to not participate in the process. Plus, how does not voting solve the problem? Doesn't it only make the situation worse? It's a total cop-out to say that you don't vote because all politicians are the same. Are you telling me that Bill Frist is just like Barack Obama?

At 3/24/2006 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like the QCA missed a great opportunity with Rumler - oh well - i hope that man will remain an active and positive voice in our community. What were people thinkgin????

At 3/24/2006 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Rumler would make a great Rep for the 17th district. It is too bad they already filled the Obama position.

At 3/25/2006 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get the feeling this isn't the last we'll hear of Paul Rumler. Look around folks. Now that the dust has cleared from the Primary, we can really digest what happened. He put together a pretty professional campaign, without money, or local connections. He managed to garner a huge number of votes against an incumbent with 200K and the machine's backing.

Now, I'm sure the Jacobs supporters will pretend like the only reason Rumler got any votes is because people were upset with how Mike got the job, but that is not true. If you look at this situation historically (unlike-able incumbent, unknown, broke challenger), you'll see that typically the challenger will only land around 30% of votes in a primary. What Rumler did was awfully impressive. Don't think that the party leaders didn't take notice. Trust me, we'll hear more from him. It's not everyday someone this young comes along, with this much political experience.

At 3/25/2006 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People were thinking that Senator Mike Jacobs was the better choice.

At 3/25/2006 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other thing to tale notice of is that there is a strong base of 56% that it would take a terrible blunder for Jacobs to lose. If he is successful in bringing Thomson prison and WIU to the area his numbers will skyrocket.


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