Detroit you’ve really pissed me off

According to the Detroit News, only 36.17% of registered Detroit voters turned out for yesterday’s election. That is plain sick and disgraceful. We aren’t even talking about what % of eligible voters, just the registered ones!

Where the hell were the rest of the voters? This election and all elections matter. I know in Detroit there is (not completely unfounded) worries that your vote doesn’t count but that is not excuse to not at least try to be heard.

There is absolutely no reason a major election should not garner at least 80% of all eligible voters. Absolutely not. Consider how much work, blood, tears, sweat and emotions all the people before us put into getting every American the right to vote. And you just disregard that right. Oh, that angers and disappoints me.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jeppy (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 9:32 am

    In some countries, it is illegal NOT to vote.

    There should be a law that everyone must vote else face a financial penalty… $100

    that’ll really bring out the percentages!

  2. mizjellybean (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 4:52 pm

    I do not know about making folks vote, I do not think you’d like that outcome. And if you cannot get folks to pay their taxes you most certainly will not get that $100.

    I heard a lot of people indicate they were not going to vote and that they did not like either candidates. I guess they decided to let the folks who had strong feelings to decide the outcome. Honestly Freman seemed to drop it in the mayors lap. He performed so poorly in the debates. I believe there were a lot of people who did want change, but his lack of poise scared them off. Some folks just do not like change.

  3. Michael (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 4:22 pm

    “I heard a lot of people indicate they were not going to vote and that they did not like either candidates.” People should still have to show up and cast a non-vote declaring their decision to not vote for either candidate. Think about that statistic then and what it might say to said winner of an election if half the people showed up and said neither of the candidates is worthy of my vote. That would be sad.

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