Why did you squander your right to vote?Written by Heather Miller | | email@example.com
I just do not understand people. The Sept. 15 primary election was your chance to narrow the field of candidates for Toledo mayor and only a slim percentage of you bothered to head to the polls. We should be proud of our right to vote. We should exercise that right. Instead, many ignore it. Those same people are the first to complain about the person they didn’t bother to vote for or against.
Let me break the numbers down. The Lucas County Board of Elections reported that of 217,144 registered voters, only 40,069 people voted in the primary election in Toledo and Oregon. That is just 18.45 percent of registered voters.
In the Toledo mayoral race 36,307 voters cast their ballots. It seems sort of sad considering more than 45,000 signatures were collected in Take Back Toledo’s effort to recall Mayor Carty Finkbeiner from office. Assuming all of those signatures belonged to registered voters, not everyone who wanted Carty recalled cared enough about who could become Toledo’s next mayor to head to the polls.
I would love to hear some of the excuses people have for not voting. It was a sunny, warm day, so weather couldn’t have been a factor. Polls were open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thirteen hours should be enough time to scoot over to your polling place, right? OK, you probably had to work. Wait — early voting began Aug. 11. I guess a month just isn’t enough time.
The best excuse I heard was related to me by a co-worker. He stopped by a gas station on his way home from covering the election and the clerk told him she didn’t even know there was an election until she watched the coverage on the news.
I guess all of the stories Toledo’s newspapers, TV and radio stations had been covering for the past nine months were lost on her.
Is it ignorance or simply laziness that prompts people to sit back and watch? I really can’t decide; they pretty much go hand in hand.
Let’s see if it’s any better come November. Care to place any bets?
Heather Miller is a reporter for FOX Toledo First at 4 and First at 10.