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Election


Democracy needs participation

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The results of another farcical general election in the state of Washington are in. At least that is how it appears in the numbers turned in out of the 38th District in Precinct Everett 21:
Out of a 770 registered voters, who we assume received their ballots, only 320 actually submitted a ballot back to the county to validate they did receive one. So right of the bat, one could assume that our collective government decisions are based on only 41 percent of the population. So to illustrate further I have broken things down to potential ideological ratios: Out of 72 possible Democrats only 50 exercised their public responsibility and returned the ballot. There were a possible 103 Republicans in this precinct and only 61 felt their government needed their input. The proud Independent masses of 65 voters only had 48 make their positions known. Of particular interest there was also 526 unknown voters, possibly newly registered or of diverse backgrounds, who generated only 159 efforts to participate in our Democratic Republic process. It is only fair to mention that there were a couple of obstinate curmudgeons who voted but didn't want anyone to know.
With this diverse level of public participation it is easy to see how easy it is for the bureaucrat to innocuously hijack government to further their own biased agendas.
It goes on to illustrate: "If you don't participate in our democracy, then don't expect government to read your mind. That would be just another waste of government time."
Norm Nunnally
Everett

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