Archive for Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More voters should be heading to polls

August 13, 2008

Voter turnout in Leavenworth County was a lowly 18.53 percent for the Aug. 5 primary election, according to the county clerk's office.

Now, the lower turnout could be that, in some cases, voters didn't really have anyone to vote for. With it being a primary, voters would be selecting candidates in their registered parties. For instance, a Democrat would have no one to vote for in the County Commission District 3 and U.S. House of Representatives District 2 races because the contested races were on the Republican side.

But an election is still an election, and it would have been encouraging to see more people going to the polls and sounding their voices through votes.

Luckily, there's another opportunity for citizens to head to polling sites in larger numbers.

After primary elections come general elections, and everyone can cast a vote for whomever they wish, regardless of party affiliation.

This year's general election will be Nov. 4, so mark your calendars. And if you'd rather vote in advance, contact the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office at (913) 684-0421.

In the coming months, we will be inundated even more with campaign ads and brochures. After all, this also is a presidential election. But beyond the advertisements are debates and forums. Educate yourself on the candidates who are running.

If voters do that, there should be no question that more than 18.53 percent of registered voters will be participating in the November election.

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