Nine of ten registered voters in DeKalb County chose to not exercise their right to vote in the April 5, 2011 Consolidated Elections (11.53%). Kane County’s voter turnout was only slightly higher at 13.12%. With 1,914 of 1,937 precincts reporting, Cook County had a voter turnout of 16.4%.
The system is broken.
Here’s three ways to fix it.
1) Eliminate consolidated elections except and unless there is a public question or to fill a vacancy. Hold municipal, school, park, library, etc., elections concurrent with the offices of President and Governor.
2) Put the ballot online for voting for crying out loud. We bank online. We shop online. We pay taxes online. We Facebook. We already have government that is pervasively corrupt and the disengagement of 90% of registered voters when it comes to their own backyard. What risk?
3) Follow Cook County and have Consolidated Primaries and partisan contests for local offices in February with run-off elections in April. This is not really an appealing option but it would make local elections a little more honest and free from Chumbolone exposure. Due diligence would likely render this option useless since Cook County’s voter turnout was only 16.4%.
Congratulations to all candidates, those who won, and those who didn’t. Having attended most of the forums and having filmed a lot of the candidate responses I observed thoughtful people focused and prepared to present their ideas and vision. Campaigns are as intense as they are long. All candidates put a lot of effort and sacrifice into their campaign and deserved a higher turnout from those they would serve.