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Although the number crunchers haven’t finalized everything from Tuesday’s election, one statistic glares at us…voter turnout is considerably below previous turnouts.
In most states, the numbers are shaping up to be even lower than in 2004, said Curtis Gans, director of American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate. Every state is showing lower numbers than in 2008, Gans said…With 95 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press figures showed more than 117 million people had voted in the White House race, but that number will go up as more votes are counted. In 2008, 131 million people voted, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Of course, Hurricane Sandy plays a role in this, but the hurricane alone cannot account for this large drop off, particularly in light of the new voters added to the rolls in the interim. The question then becomes, why. Why did fewer people vote?
A conversation I had today with one of my “Sound Off” brothers might explain it…or not. He said that he longed for the days of Tip O’Neill (D. Ma.), who, as Speaker of the House, sat down with then President Reagan and the two negotiated a compromise. You may not have liked the result, but, this was two leaders willing to work together to do what Americans were paying them to do..
Or, a longing for the days of Newt Gingrich (R. Ga.) who, as Speaker of the House, sat down with then President Clinton and the two negotiated a compromise. Again, you may not have liked the result, but this was two leaders willing to work together to do what Americans were paying them to do.
I suspect that not only don’t today’s Americans see two leaders willing to work together, they don’t even see one.