Only 46% of eligible voters in New Orleans voted in this past election. Less than half.
Louisiana as whole did a little better with 50.1% of voters doing so.
That compares to 69% of the electorate that voted in 2012 and 67% who voted the last time Mary Landrieu was on the ticket, back in 2008.
In 2008, voters under age 44 made up 48 percent of the electorate. This year, that same group accounted for only 34 percent of the electorate. Voters between the age of 18 and 22 were largely absent – only 12% of them voted in this election. That is down 10 percentage points from 2008!
Voting on December 6th is incredibly important – only a few votes per precinct will decide the Senate election.
Early voting begins on November 22 and run through Saturday, November 29th. There is no voting on Sunday in Louisiana — and with Thanksgiving falling in the middle of the early voting period, there also will not be early voting on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. For more information, please go to the Secretary of State’s website.
I’ll leave you with this quote –
If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.
― David Foster Wallace
Every vote counts!