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EDITORIAL
Voter turnout worst in 4 years
March 14, 2008
     


To the 2,433 residents who voted on March 11th, we say Thank You.  Your interest and involvement in our community is commendable. 

As for the rest of you...

We are amazed at the apathy of the other 9,362 registered voters who on March 11th failed to show up at the polls, or even vote by absentee ballot.  Voter turnout was a paltry 20.6%, the worst in at least four years.  Certainly some of you had valid reasons such as illness, travel, transportation, etc.  But 9,362 of you?

Was it just too much trouble, or do you have inexhaustible supplies of money?

Maybe you just figured your vote wouldn't have made a difference.  If so, don't tell that to supporters of Article 11, which failed by a mere 101 votes.  

And what about those 6 town and 2 school articles that are going to raise taxes again for everyone in the community - including you?  

Where were YOU when these decisions - which will affect YOU - were being made?

Don't any of you have an opinion on any of these issues?  Don't you care about what's going on all around you?  Many of you vote in primary and presidential elections - why not do the same and vote on things going on in your own backyard?

We're stunned at the apathy and indifference you exhibited on Tuesday.  Maybe all of you should simply un-register yourselves as voters.  At least that's one way to raise the turnout percentage.

You do, however, have one thing in common with those of us who cared enough about our community to head to the polls last Tuesday:  Our taxes are going up once again.

 

 


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