This is fueled by a Mormon running for president, I don't think it has much
to do with a new found sense of duty and enthusiasm for the democratic
process.Utah has incredibly low voter turnout because you know the
(R) is going to get elected no matter what, so why even bother? The real action
happens in the Republican primaries, but that has even more abysmal turnout,
kind of ironic I think, because that's where the person is really elected
in this state.This year I voted for 3rd party candidates wherever I
didn't have a strong feeling for either the Republican or Democrat.
It's not much but at least I felt better about sending a message that we
need more than 2 options.
I do agree with the premise of this article. Unfortunately the "two party
system" is often a way of saying "I live you better than your opponent
but I wish there was someone else".I'm glad more people are
voting and hope that third party candidates will be considered too, where they
exist. (Whether they do or not sadly takes some research). This isn't
wasting your vote; wasting your vote is voting for someone you prefer but
don't really want - what many of us do much of the time. Pragmatically your man doesn't usually get in without an R or a D next to
their name, but you minimally register a protest against the "two choices
only" system; a sizeable vote for a third party will indicate to
politicians, if they haven't already got the message, that thy are but the
lesser of two evils and maybe they should hearken to their constitutents once in
a while or they might end up at the Department of Workforce Services, instead of
sitting in a nice suit in an historic building with ace benefits and elite
retirement awaiting you. Things will change sooner or later.
Voting is encouraged only if you vote Republican. Democrats and Independents
need not apply. Isn't this the Tea Party (Republican) position on
voting.If only everyone who was allowed to vote and could vote would
vote, what a great thing. However, the Republican Party, in order to maintain
it's power, finds ways to circumvent voting rights and manipulate
Except in states where repubs are mandating voter suppression.
The act of voting sends a message to the unscrupulous politicians in our
government that they have not yet completely stomped out the embers of the fire
called democracy. And that someday the people will be able to control their
government as alluded to in the American Constitution.
For the first time in history, Utah citizens have a chance to vote for a Mormon
presidential candidate. That's what fueling the increased turnout, not a
new-found sense of civic obligation.