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|Voter participation deplorable|
Voter turnout for the Oct. 2 state-wide elections was abysmal.
Only 22 percent of registered voters bothered to cast ballots in a special election for lieutenant governor. Some 19.9 percent of registered voters weighed in on one proposed constitutional amendment. A whopping 19.8 percent of registered voters did their due diligence on another constitutional amendment proposition.
Voter participation in local races was mixed.
In Franklin Parish, a city court race attracted more than 50 percent of registered voters in the town of Winnsboro. Voter turnout for a city marshal's race in Winnsboro registered 49.3 percent.
In Concordia Parish, voter turnout was light.
In three school board races in Concordia, no more than 24 percent of registered voters went to the polls. One race drew only 19.4 percent turnout.
In Ouachita Parish, a rather dicey race for an open seat on the Ouachita Parish School Board drew only 23.8 percent of registered voters. One race for a seat on the Ouachita Parish School Board attracted 11.2 percent voter participation.
Only 42 percent of registered voters in the town of Sterlington bothered to cast ballots in the mayor's race. Two property tax propositions in Ouachita each garnered no more than 17.8 percent voter turnout.
It seems as if each time an election rolls around, we urge voters to exercise their right to participate in the democratic process. And it seems that after each election, we comment on the number of voters, or lack thereof, who exercised their right to vote.
We do not know why voters fail to realize how important it is to vote.
What we do know is if voters fail to participate in elections, they literally lose their right to complain about the actions of the men and women who were elected to public office.
Maybe voters will bear that in mind as the Nov. 2 general election approaches.