Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Voter Turnout Pathetic in Indiana; Time to Change It
If you're reading this blog, you're probably a voter. That puts you far outside the norm in Indiana. A Civic Health Study ranks Indiana 48th in voter turnout going off the 2010 election, according to an editorial published in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
This really hits home for me. As someone that grew up in a household where news was a regular part of my television watching diet, I cannot believe so many people can just let other people determine the individuals that make, sign, and pass laws in this city, state and nation.
I can remember going with my mom to the polling sites when I was very little and watching her pull the big lever (usually the Republican one, full disclosure) and having that civic duty and right being impressed upon me.
As the editorial points out, Indiana has made it very difficult to vote with its extensive voter ID bill, and the Election Board (specifically the Republican on the Election Board) just refused to open satellite voting sites in Marion County again for the municipal elections. The GOP has spoken, and it's pleased with the voter turnout in the state. Why make it easier on someone to cast a ballot?
So, here we are, Indiana is 48th in voter turnout, and the powers-that-be don't seem to care because they want to stay the powers-that-be. Just another reason why people don't care, either.