September 22, 2010 The general election is just six weeks away. Soon, these pages will be dotted with candidate profiles and letters to the editor. It will be hard to deny the fact that November 2 is just around the corner.
There's another date that rivals the general election is importance...it's October 4. That's the last day Michigan residents can register to vote in the election.
It seems that more and more people are wanting to add their voices to the political debate surrounding the state and federal government. Yet for all of the chatter, it appears that not everyone goes beyond the talk and takes some action. Voter turnout rates in the August primary were abysmal. In St.Clair County, a mere 26.5 percent of registered voters took the time to cast a ballot whether in person or via an absentee. Lapeer County did slighty better with a 27.36 percent showing. That's as noteworthy as the election results themselves. What happened to the outrage that all the pundits and letter writers say we're experiencing?
When it comes to general elections, the electorate seems to get a little more motivated. More than 67 percent of St. Clair County's electorate showed up in November 2008 to vote. Lapeer County registered just over 70 percent voter turnout...not bad, but those numbers were likely bolstered by the race for the White House.
We are so quick to lay blame on our elected officials but maybe they've just been taking cues from us and our 'who cares' attitudes.
Register to vote now and you'll be making the first step (more like a giant leap) toward making your voice heard among the crowd.