So, the 2018 Primary Election has passed and by now you’ve likely learned who is moving on to the General Election and may have heard voter turnout in Clinton County was low.
Only about 19 percent of all eligible voters turned out on Primary Day (i.e., less than 1 out of every 5 who are registered), apparently falling in line with past elections wherein Primary candidates are uncontested.
With newly formed congressional districts in Pennsylvania established to increase election competitiveness, combined with frustrations about partisan politics at the national level, stories have been predicting tides of blue this election season. Some areas surely saw this; others not so much. But one thing is for sure, nothing is guaranteed.
In Clinton County, only about 21 percent of registered Democrats went to the polls. Small but mighty, this contingent of voters’ voices were heard; and, one of the contested Primary races (the 12th Congressional District) was ultimately decided by less than 225 district votes.
There are a lot of ideas about why voter turnout is low in any given election. For some people, they forget to vote; others’ schedules are just so busy on a Tuesday it can be difficult to make it to the polling place. Some people are disillusioned by the system and simply choose not to exercise their right, much less register in the first place; they believe their voices don’t matter.
But these elections, like that of the 12th Congressional District, prove that they do.
Be sure that you play a part and help determine who represents you.
If you weren’t able to get to the ballot on May 15 – make sure you know how to make your voice heard this November 6 for the General Election.
If you know you will not be able to make it to your physical polling location on Election Day, apply for a civilian absentee ballot by October 30 so that your voice can be heard. Absentee ballots must be received by the county Board of Elections by November 2.
STILL NEED TO REGISTER?
If you are not yet registered to vote, and will be 18 by Election Day, consider registering by October 9 to ensure you can vote on November 6. (Registration can be done online! Details: here.)
For a complete list of important 2018 election dates, click here.