I live in a Georgia county that has voted democrat ever since reconstruction of the South. Poverty rate is about 75+%, the drop out rate leads the state, the two biggest industries is welfare and drugs. Our school board cost the county the loss of accreditation of our public schools, In spite of that we had a young lady score top of the SAT and earn a Scholastic scholarship to Harvard. Hard work, dedication and personal accountability overcome many social disadvantages.
We have one stop light in the county, A sheriff with four deputies to cover the whole county of 286 Sq. Miles, which they do with exemplary efficiency. 60 % of the residents live in Sec. 8 Housing and pay no property taxes. According to the last census, 80% of the population is Black.
I explain all that to point out something I noticed in the last Georgia primary election, two records were set in the election that I think is worth contemplating. One is a new record low in voter turnout in the state of Georgia, less that 20%. Second for the first time My County had more republican voters turn out than democrats, only 5 more but it is more; 351 democrats to 356 republicans. A total of 20.01%, slightly above the state average.
Complacency and low voter turnout indicates that people are not motivated for the mid-term elections coming up. Lower turnout of the democrat party indicates apathy for the president and his party. The turnout does not show real well for the republicans either.
I would be interested in information in other local elections, turnout rates, changes in voting profiles, strange results.
Please post any things you notice on the elections that you find significant.
Just my thoughts for today