I've enjoyed along with everyone else the Freedom Festival program on Sunday, June 28, the special TV and radio shows, parades, fireworks - all celebrating the birth of our great nation. I thrill at the sight of our flag rippling in a breeze, and I get tears in my eyes when I sing our national anthem. I love this special holiday.
But there is something that bothers me. On June 23, I was an election judge for the primary elections. As I look at all the flag waving now, I wonder what happened then. My district had 936 registered voters. Of that number, 32 people voted. That's right, 32. Another precinct was in the same room, and they had the same kind of turnout. Those three judges were registered in my precinct, and if you deduct the six judges, that leaves 26 people who voted - one voter per half hour for the 13 hours the polls were opened.Where was all the patriotism then? Some will say they didn't know there was an election. Why not? It was in the papers, the newscasts, the radio call-in shows. There were posters here and there. Don't voters have a responsibility to find out on their own anyway? Some say they'd rather wait until the general election. Don't they know that, for the most part, the big decisions are made in the primaries? That there's not usually a lot left to vote on in the general election? I'm just sick at heart about the whole thing.
Is it possible to call an election null and void, thrown out by default because not enough votes were cast to get a fair consensus? I suppose not.
Salt Lake City