My Turn, Your Turn: Voting turnout

By Gary McNair - bio|email

There's an old adage that "all politics are local," but the problem seems to be very few people care about local politics.  Just watch the voter turnout on Tuesday and see what I mean.

November 3rd is Election Day. In cities and towns across our viewing area, voters will be choosing mayors and council members.  In betting terms, what do you think the over/under is?  I'll put it at 20 percent.  That means I'm predicting that less than 20 percent of the registered voters will show up to vote in this election.

I just don't understand.  I know there's no presidential election, no heated race for governor or congress.  But if all politics are local, aren't these the races that will impact lives more than any others?

These are the people that will determine if you get a speed bump on your street, if your local police department gets the latest technology, and if your neighbor down the street who works at town hall will still have a job.  Don't those things really matter?

We always remind people to get out and vote.  So feel free to prove my prediction wrong and show me that people really do care about local politics.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn - to educate yourself and vote, I hope.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Emailed response from viewers:

Of course the other 80% isn't going to vote.  If they vote, they'll be responsible for the clowns they put in office.  Then how are they going to complain?

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