Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Yin & Yang of Choice

For many people who were casting their votes on Tuesday, the choice was tough.

Our friend, who had had a considerable lead in last month's special election but not a clear 50% has apparently lost by only a couple of hundred votes.

What happened?

There are some good political guesses:
"His supporters just thought his lead was good enough and didn't come out to vote."
"Voters found it hard to choose between the two run-off candidates or maybe they just didn't like either one."
"It is summer and lots of folks are out of town -- always a bad time for an election."
"It's such a busy time."

I had my precinct team in place from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. We were ready to handle the usual 50-65% turn-out of our 2700 registered voters. At the end of the day, we counted only 475 who stopped in, chatted with neighbors and friends and quickly cast their ballots. We were not surprised.

And what of those 2225 who didn't vote on Tuesday?
They made the easy choice.

Whether in the voting booth or in the studio,
not participating in the process . . . not choosing . . . is still a decision.

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