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Op-Ed: Low Voter Turnout for Primary

Lynda Edwards says, 'Wake up, America.'

Incredulity lead to frustration and then I became furious with the electorate. Our two Amagansett districts had 39 voters, Springs about double that last I heard, and a Montauk district only had 8 by 3:30! One of my correspondents in Montauk told me the only reason she knew of the vote was my email reminding everyone to vote.  I cannot believe the apathy!!!  

School elections are May 15th.  The next election is June 26th for the race between Altschuler vs. Demos, I sure hope we have a better turn out for that one.  

Then there is the General Election in November. Where is the legislation to combine all these different elections into one or two a year?  The enormous expense of hundreds of people working for the elections, poll watchers, coordinators, police and county inspectors, not to mention those in election headquarters, for FOUR elections in one year and hardly anyone shows up to do their civic duty?!  

I've seen the same thing with Amagansett school budgets over the years, with less than 150 people voting on a $4+ million dollar budget.  Over 200 , which, for the foreseeable future, will be , adding to our taxes.

And to top that off, the news media had called the election by the time I got home from closing the polls at 9!  How do they figure they can call an election with 1 percent of the votes counted?  Yes, we live in an electronic age but that doesn't mean the people who vote early in the morning are a better representation of a voter than those who vote after work. Remember, that is how they called Al Gore, incorrectly, for president.  This is infuriating!  

Come on America, wake up, we are losing our freedom while you sleep.

In Liberty,
Lynda A.W. Edwards
East End TEA Party

Loretta Lynch April 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Can't understand why people don't vote and then complain about what is happening with their money. EVERY VOTE COUNTS, it's up to the voters. Shame on them.
laszlo Lowenstein April 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Why so angry at the electorate? It's your candidate that is to blame for not stirring passions. He's a technocrat in an age when the electorate is motivated by emotion and sound bites. He's also given lip service to the Tea Party when in reality everyone knows he's just pandering and wishes you guys would just slink away and leave the act of governing to the corporate elite. You have to have more than marketing to get consumers to buy. To paraphrase a slogan from a past campaign: it's your product, stupid. Check out the lines at the Apple store each time they come out with a new upgrade. Now that's passion.
Montaukman April 26, 2012 at 03:41 PM
So sorry laszlo I believe voting is not just a right but a responsibility. If you don't like the candidate or candidates on the ballot you can write in who you like but EVERYONE who is a citizen should show up.
Preliator April 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I am hearing from many people they did not get their notice from the Board of Elections on where to vote and when...a possible reason for low turnout aside from the fact that the eventual victor, Governor Romney, is clearly on the path to claiming the nomination and victory in November.
amagansett voter April 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Lets be real about voting in the Hamptons...Voting is scheduled to be as inconvenient as possible for most working people...In addition, extra care is taking to make sure that no second homeowners are around to spoil the results...ever vote on a Friday or Saturday....or worst yet ever vote during the summer months.
David Buda April 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM
We did not receive any notices from the Board of Elections. Were there contested elections for all the major political parties?
matt stutterheim April 26, 2012 at 07:04 PM
As I understand it, it was a Republican Presidential Primary election, and only Republicans should have gotten notices in the mail. I did.

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