Robert Bennett: Why the low voter turn out in 2012?

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  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    @Clark Hippo

    The statement by a Republican legislator in Pennsylvania was made by Pa. House Republican Leader Mike Turzai on June 23, 2012. Google it. There is a video of him making the remark, in which he said "Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania - Done!"

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    What was the voter turnout in the battleground states where a few votes really could turn the tide?

    I know that we're technically a republic, not a pure democracy, but the democratic parts really need participation in order to keep us a free nation.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    Turnout is low in Utah because, let's face it, your vote really doesn't matter much. Why should I stand in line for 2 hours when I know the Republican will win 66%-33%. Nationally.... well it was the choice between the status quo and a business suit who managed to insult over half the the country in just under a year, that's certainly not a recipe for high voter enthusiasm. I suppose that's what you get when you don't care who wins, so long as it's not the other guy.

    It's laughable to hear the election post postmortems, A lot of Republicans saying that they lost because Romney wasn't conservative enough. I strongly disagree. If someone truly moderate who didn't pander to the extremes, such as Huntsman, had been the candidate, we would probably have a Republican president elect. As a Democrat I would have voted for Huntsman over Obama, but by all means, keep sabotaging your party by thinking the answer is more extremism, that will ensure a nice long run of Democrat presidents.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    It's interesting to see several posts here in which claims about what Obama has said or done are nothing other than total fabrications.

    When did outright lying become one of those vaunted Utah conservative family values?

  • JohnH Cedar City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    This one's easy. Obama wasn't new and different anymore, and Romney didn't appeal to the GOP base.

  • E & EE Ann arbor, MI
    Nov. 20, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    VIDAR, the reason voting on the Internet and smartphones hasn't happened is due to security. If you google the words "michigan fight song election" you'll see that they tried a program for the military to vote online. They invited researchers to try and find any security holes. Well one group hacked it so that it played the Michigan fight song whenever you submitted your vote. The point is there are plenty of people inside and outside the country who would be motivated to hack into an online voting system and change the results. So don't expect internet voting to happen anytime soon. It has nothing to do with voter suppression. In fact some areas are going back to paper ballots because of the difficulties of working with electronic machines.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 4:09 a.m.

    @Mike in Cedar City

    You said, "...A Republican congressional leader is on the record that the new Penn voter ID law was put in place to see to it that Romney was elected. It did't work because the Penn courts delayed implementation."

    What's the Congressman's name and what district does he represent? If he's on record, we should know who he is, right?

    @one old man

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on November 13th that 59 Philadelphia districts had 100% of their votes cast for Obama. Trust me, if even one district anywhere in the U.S. had 100% of their votes for Romney, you and many others would be screaming, "Voter Fraud!" from the mountain tops.

    @Viva la Migra

    Please cite your source about this district in Florida with only 27 registered voters.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Nov. 19, 2012 10:58 p.m.

    In all credit due to the Dems, they didn't self-cannabalize, like the Reps did, during the GOP primaries. What Santorum and Gingrich did to Romeny would never have been done in the Dem circuit. They were like piranas feeding frenzy on a hot Brazilian day. Romney was already battered, before he even got started. Then, the image-maker machinery if the left wing media finished him off, once he got the nomination.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    Viva la Migra -- let's see some PROOF for those claims. It simply does not exist, does it?

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 19, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    A "bogus claim" mattrick78? Do a little research and focus on what went on in Penn. A Republican congressional leader is on the record that the new Penn voter ID law was put in place to see to it that Romney was elected. It did't work because the Penn courts delayed implementation. Also see what happened in Texas and Florida. The claim that Republicans were doing this is not bogus, but the suppression was largely ineffective, thank Providence.

  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    There was lots of high voter turnout in states that don't require photo ID. Many inner city districts in Cleveland and Philadelphia had 90% turnout without a single vote for Romney. I guess booting the GOP observers and stationing black panthers outside, really helped turn out the vote in Philadelphia.

    One precinct in Florida with 27 registered voters managed to turn out 900 votes.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    People should be able to vote on their home computers, or smart phones.
    time to pull ourselves out of the 19th century
    once this happens the number of people voting will go up.
    I suspect that the reason this has not happened yet; is that it would cause more young, and working people, the opportunity to vote.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    Maybe voter turnout would be greater and even more meaningful if there was an option on each ballot to vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE.

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    "And how can you also fail to highlight the attempts by Republicans in swing states to make voting HARDER!?"

    That is a bogus claim.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    A "non-vote" is emotionally a "no" vote against the choices. There was disappointment in President Obama, disappointment with Congress, and disappointment in the candidates offered by the Republican party.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 19, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    show that audience attention is held more easily with stories that shock, disgust and arouse indignation. "

    and to the constant drum beat of "the other side are immoral idiots" and you wonder why people are leaving the parties. Perhaps more people are tuning in to FoxNews..... but it is like the Jerry Spring Show, for a while his ratings were going up, but overall viewership of people watching TV at that block went down because they were no longer interested in what was being offered.

    Shock News has its place, but eventually, just like shock radio, it gets old, and people move on to other things. Shock news has absolutely identified a demographic that loves that kind of messaging... but that group is fortunately small compared to the rest of the nation... and getting smaller.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Low voter turnout helps Republicans (thus their attempts to make it as difficult as possible to vote). Imagine how much Obama would have won by if we had had a better turnout!

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Nov. 19, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    The political process has been largely taken over by the extremes, and until the main source of the problem (Redistricting) is fixed the silent majority moderates who make up most of the country will continue to be apathetic.

  • Agustis Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 19, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    Sorry, but I don't buy this at all. Parties are the problem - not the solution. The bickering and posturing are a turn off to any thinking person. One party trying to undermine the other and working to ensure failure of the other is a race downhill. Issues matter, party affiliation does not. Instead of forcing candidates into toeing the party line we should promote free expression on issues. Don't force labeling one as a Democrat or Republican.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Nov. 19, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    How on earth can you write an editorial on voter turn out without mentioning laws to make voting easier?

    And how can you also fail to highlight the attempts by Republicans in swing states to make voting HARDER!?