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Election 2018

13 Nov

Thank heaven this election cycle is over.  The negative campaign advertisements drive me crazy.  At least there will be a short breather before the catastrophe called election 2020 begins.  It can only be worse!

Apparently, my Facebook postings, likes, retweets, etc. were successful.  My Republican friends suspect that my votes were completely for the Democrats while my Democrat friends believe exactly the opposite.  (My goodness, I used friends to characterize both groups. Is that even possible in 2018?  I’m probably a candidate for the loony bin.)  Frankly, my votes crossed party lines and even included candidates who were neither Republican nor Democrat.  (How shocking!)

Reviewing the election data for Hancock County, Ohio, elicited the following:

  • There are 51,652 registered voters in the county, and 28,273 voted (54.74 percent).
  • Of those voting,
    • 99.14 percent voted for Governor
    • 98.9 percent voted on Issue 1 involving penalties for drug offenses
    • 97.9 percent voted for United States Senator
    • 96.71 percent voted for Attorney General
    • 96.86 percent voted for Auditor
    • 97.32 percent voted for Secretary of State
    • 75.11 percent voted for the first Supreme Court Justice
    • 74.13 percent voted for the second Supreme Court Justice
    • 98.61 percent voted for Treasurer
    • 97.02 percent voted for state representative
    • 96.28 percent voted for state senator
    • 98.7 percent voted for United States Representative
    • 76.72 percent for county commissioner — uncontested
    • 78.35 percent for county auditor — uncontested
    • 66.09 percent for court of appeals judge — uncontested
    • 75.9 percent for Common Pleas Judge — uncontested
    • 61.79 percent for Common Pleas Judge (unexpired term) – uncontested

Looking at the percentages, the surprise is that voters in Hancock County focused on the state and federal congressional and administrative races and the constitutional issue while appearing less interested in who decides cases on the Ohio Supreme Court.  Why?  (Was it because of the absence of negative campaign ads?  Was it because the campaign advertisements didn’t begin in July about these races while the governor and United States senator races were contentious since the primaries?)

The percentages for the county offices and the court of appeals proffer no surprises.  They were all uncontested having been all decided in the primary election.  The votes may be attributed to those who simply wrap their trunk around the tail in front of them and follow blithely around the circus ring or those who simply bray and bray and bray.

Statistics be damned!  Wouldn’t competition among candidates result in greater voter turnout?

  • Perhaps some political science will pick up the ball and run with this topic.
  • Perhaps more people will register to vote.
  • Perhaps more registered voters will cast a ballot.
  • Perhaps it will foster the end of elections being determined in closed primaries.
  • Perhaps more candidates will run if they didn’t have to “kowtow” to a party. machine.
  • Perhaps there should be term limits.
  • Perhaps there should be campaign reform to limit “soft” money and the influence of special interests and lobbyists.

Election Disappointment

14 Nov

The election is over. (Thank God)

I was the tenth voter in my precinct.  This is the first time I’ve ever had to stand in line to vote, and I’ve voted every year since I was eligible to vote … a good many years.  Sometimes I got my vote back; sometimes I didn’t.  Sometimes I voted for the lesser of two evils.  Once I voted for a candidate who had died, but I believed he was the best candidate for the office.  Regardless of who won that individual was my elected official. I could call on them if I needed something from local, state, or the federal government.  To my knowledge, they don’t check to see if I voted for them or whether I share party affiliation or anything.  I’ve always received a response.  (There have been a couple of times that I received a responsive phone call which truly amazed me.)

As I looked over the ballot for the November 8, 2016, election, I was disappointed.  Twenty-one offices and two tax levies appeared on the ballot; five computer screens in contemporary parlance.  Only one-third of the offices had more than one candidate.

 

wood-county-ballot-2016

Is it apathy that only one person sought that elected office?  Perhaps we ought to encourage more people to throw their hat in the ring.

Perhaps if only two candidates express an interest in a position, even if from the same political party, the decision ought to be made at the general election instead of during a closed primary.

Perhaps term limits ought to apply to all elected offices.  An elected office isn’t an entitlement.

Just Think About It!