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Tom Weiner: What’s it going to take to get more people to vote?

  • Ted Mone and Adrienne Terrizzi check Katie Fretwell in and give her the correct ballot at the Bangs Center in Amherst during the primary elections Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS


Tuesday, September 11, 2018
What’s it going to take to get more people to vote?

It was definitely uplifting to see the headline on the Sept. 8-9 Gazette that told us that “Competitive elections boost primary turnout.” Not only is there a blight on our national government requiring a major turnout in November, but there were so many worthy candidates locally that “levels close to 50% (were) seen in many communities.”

But are such numbers — in several communities between 25% and 35% — really so impressive?

What is it going to take to get the electorate to see that the [approximately 100 million] people who didn’t vote in 2016 means we don’t have a democracy?

What is it going to take to get folks to realize not voting has led to the two Supreme Court appointments that the Trump administration has made?

What will he need to do to our country to get more of us to realize that voting in the midterms is essential?

Until we the people are not satisfied with at best 50% of the electorate voting, we will continue to get the national leaders we are suffering under on every front. If we want a democracy, we need to participate in it, and voting is essential.

I sure hope we’ve seen enough collectively of what Trump and co. have already done to dismantle our hard-won liberties to get us to the polls on Nov. 6th. If not, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

Tom Weiner
Northampton