Posted by: Scott | Thursday, August 24, 2006

Statewide Turnout Worse than Some Counties

My Vote CountedI heard on the radio today that Wyoming’s statewide voter turnout was a mere 48%. Yikes! It was bad enough having a 49% rate here in Park County, but when less than half of us statewide turnout, it causes you to think.

My first thought is for elections where there is a 50% or less turnout, set a date reasonably soon after the election, and all those that voted can vote again. Thus, a turnout in the 50% range would effectively give each voter a second vote, one in the 33% range would yield two extra votes per voter, etc… The results from the special election would be added to the first round of results.

My second thought is this: if less than half of us who are registered to vote took part in the August 22 Primary, how many qualified persons in the state did not even register?

On a brighter note, Wyoming did do better than Nebraska in their primary earlier this year with only a 35% turnout.

Also, be sure to visit Wyoming’s all new election results website. You can view results from all the statewide elections in non-PDF format, and if you view the results by county, you can break the results further down to the precinct level.

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Responses

  1. Fifty percent sounds pretty good to me! Then again, I’m a cynic. And I hate politics (sorry).

  2. Jen,

    There’s plenty of cynical folks that don’t like politics but still vote 😉 At any rate, I do thank you for being a frequenter of my blog, titled as it is 🙂

    50% is bad when the previous election had around a 102% voter turnout (gotta love same day registration!).


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