DeKalb County, GA, May 26, 2016 – Commentary, by Trey Benton – According to a DeKalb County Election Summary Report for the May 24th Primary Election held Tuesday, nearly 82% of registered DeKalb voters chose to not participate – 82%. Of the almost 380,000 registered voters, 309,000 apparently chose to ‘sit this one out’.
Is it true that only 18% of registered DeKalb voters actually care about who acts on their behalf at the County, State or Federal level? Or which Judges sit on the DeKalb County bench? Or who is the DeKalb CEO?…District Attorney? Is it true that only 18 out of every 100 registered voters cared enough to take a few minutes out of their day Tuesday, or to send in an absentee ballot or take advantage of early in-person voting?
A “Yes” or “No” answer to any of the above questions is equally troubling. After all, if you don’t participate, you get what you get. And for those of you who decided not to vote, perhaps those of us who did made decisions everyone can live with. The odds are not in our favor, however, and please don’t blame us. We tried.
Whether “cared” enough to vote is the right term to characterize voter participation or lack there of, the numbers are what the numbers are. See below.
My thinking is we can do better.
So what is the answer to the question posed in the title of this Commentary? Why did nearly 82 percent of DeKalb registered voters choose not to participate in Tuesday’s Primary Election? You tell me, because I’d really like to know.