February 13, 2013

BLOG: Election turnout shows 'shameful' apathy

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — Three-hundred forty-six, 418, and  314. These are the total number of votes cast in last night's school board elections in Chickasha, Rush Springs and Blanchard respectively.

The populations of these towns are 16,036, 1,278 and 7,670 respectively. That means that the percentage of people that voted in last night's election was 2 percent, 33 percent and 4 percent respectively.

With the exception of Rush Springs this is just downright shameful.

The people that ran for office in yesterday's elections control the decisions pertaining to the success of our children.

Why is interest so low?

Obviously these elections are not publicized or politicized like county or even municipal elections, but I don't really see that as an excuse.

An interest in academia is vital to the success of our community and our children. Educational apathy will surely leave Chickasha behind as other cities across the country race into the future.

Plus, a strong school system attracts the best and the brightest in families therefore increasing Chickasha's population with future captains of industry.

I don't really care who people vote for. I just want to see more interest from the local electorate. These races are vastly important in every aspect of our lives.