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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Turnout
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 12, 2014

To the Citizens of Mason County:

Last Tuesday, the statewide turnout for the primary elections was about 13.3% of registered voters (9.6% Republican, 3.7% Democratic). However, in Mason County 45% of the registered voters turned out to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary. There were only 4 counties in the state with higher turnouts than Mason, but there were 400 or less votes in each of those counties. Of counties casting at least 1000 votes, Mason had the largest percentage turnout in the state. But that still means that 55% of our registered voters had no say in the primaries.

It seems we all tend to criticize our elected leaders from both parties on all levels, but when it comes time to vote, far less than half of the voters actually go vote in primaries. In the 2012 general elections, only 59% of Texas registered voters voted (Mason County had a 68% turnout.) And in the 2012 Primary Run-offs only 18% of Mason voters turned out, but even that was almost twice the state turnout. I encourage all voters who voted in the primaries to vote again in the primary run-off you are eligible to vote in, and if you did not vote in a primary, please take this opportunity to make your voice heard in the primary run-off of your choice. Vote for the candidate that you believe will best represent you. If your candidate is not elected, get ready for the next election. If your candidate is elected, but doesn’t do as promised, vote for another candidate next time. Not all of the people I voted for won, and some didn’t even make it to the runoff, but I’ll certainly be back to cast my vote on May 27. I hope all 1300 people who voted in Mason County last week will be back on or before May 27 to vote again, and I hope they all bring a friend with them. Please VOTE.

Stephen Mutschink

All statistics are based on information from the Texas Secretary of State website: www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/historical/index.shtml and https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/

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