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Old 08-04-2021, 10:33 PM
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Default Voter turnout in local elections.

We had a primary election in Washington. All of them were local elections.

Washington does voting by mail. The return envelope is postage-paid and there are drop boxes all over the state. They send out a booklet for every election with all the candidate information in it, including webpages and contact information. It could not be easier to do research and vote.

The turnout was around 21%. :blah:

This is why Republicans can be so dominant locally - they can motivate their voters on single issues and drive turnout for Republican candidates. Even a minimal increase in turnout can have an effect. The local city council candidate who is pro-police had a 4% lead on the next candidate with only 96 votes.

While this city I'm in isn't a hotbed of liberalism, it's notable that a lot of city elected officials are Republicans while the state representatives are all Democrats. The state assembly is voted on in even years, with the governor and federal offices.
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I refuse to live in fear of COVID, says voter who lives in fear of socialism.
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This is why Republicans can be so dominant locally - they can motivate their voters on single issues and drive turnout for Republican candidates.
I refuse to live in fear of COVID, says voter who lives in fear of socialism.
and crime and immigrants and vaccines and pronouns and the gays and...
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I've been trying to follow local politics for the past six months or so and it's pretty painful. Our monthly City Council meetings are 6-8 hrs long and there's constant sniping and griping between the two factions of Democrats that make up the council. They stripped one councilmember of all his committee assignments for making offensive comments in public (rightly imo) and just last week voted to fire the City Administrator for allegedly offensive comments he made at work (unrightly imo). So much of the council discussion seems to be about whether to approve this or that zoning change or sidewalk repair. The residents who call in tend to be ranting ideologues. It's really hard to believe it makes a difference whether I pay attention.
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