County Clerk Debbie Door, chief election official for Franklin County, has a good record in predicting voter turnout at elections. She said Tuesday’s primary election turnout may end up slightly higher than in previous primaries due to Prop A (Right to Work) being on the ballot.
That means the voter turnout could be as high as 30 or 33 percent of the active registered voters. The county has 66,368 active voters. There are 71,240 total names on the voter registration rolls, but more than 4,800 are considered inactive. In the primary in 2016, there were 20,733 Republican ballots cast and only 4,297 Democratic ballots.
Even if the number of voters who cast ballots Tuesday reaches 30 percent of those registered, it’s a shameful turnout. Although primary elections determine who the candidates will be in the general election in November, too many voters just don’t seem to care, and don’t take the time to cast a ballot.
We have always said, if a person does not vote, he or she has forfeited the right to criticize political officeholders — not officially, of course, but unofficially. Some of the most vocal critics of public officeholders were no-shows at election time.
People in foreign countries can’t understand the poor voter turnout in the U.S. There are exceptions, of course, when voters in large numbers do show up at the polls. Americans are too lackadaisical when it comes to voting.