If there is one thing we can all expect in the new few days, it’s that Tuesday’s primary election will come with a paltry turnout of voters.
Perry County Clerk Haven King believes that there simply isn’t enough interest in this election to get the voters to the polls come May 22. Despite three important local races on the ballot, we’re inclined to agree with Mr. King.
In the November general election of 2011, less than 30 percent of the registered voters of Kentucky came out to vote, and that contest included the race for governor. In last year’s May primary, only 10 percent turned out at the polls.
With all of the complaining about our state, federal and local officials all across local Internet chat boards, one would think that a bevy of voters would show up to vote in every single election. But sadly, this isn’t the case at all.
There is a saying out there we hear quite often, that if you fail to vote you have little right to complain when government fails. In essence, this is a logical argument.
And while there will only be a handful of races this coming Election Day, we urge everyone who can to cast their votes. People have literally died to give you that right, and the democratic process is one thing that makes our system of government the best, because it is designed to be representative of the people’s will.
There will be contests on both the Republican and Democratic tickets for commonwealth’s attorney, and on the democratic side for circuit clerk. There is no reason not to vote, and every reason to vote.
The primary election in Kentucky is set for May 22, and the polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
— The Hazard Herald