Arizona has always been a low voter participation state. Citizens register to vote, but then fail to vote. What the hell?
The 2014 midterm election saw the lowest voter turnout since 1942, in the midst of World War II. Voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest since WWII. Arizona was only slightly better, beating out the aberational year of 1998, or it would have also been the lowest voter turnout since 1942.
The 2018 elections could see the highest turnout for a midterm since the mid-1960s, another time of cultural and social upheaval.
“It’s probably going to be a turnout rate that most people have never experienced in their lives for a midterm election,” Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who studies turnout and maintains a turnout database, told NPR.
McDonald is predicting that 45 to 50 percent of eligible voters will cast a ballot. That would be a level not seen since 1970 when 47 percent of voters turned out or 1966 when a record 49 percent turned out in a midterm.
I’m sorry, but when less than half of eligible voters turn out to vote in an election and this is considered to be a record turnout, that is a democracy seriously in decline. That turnout number should be 75 percent or higher in a healthy democracy.
With early ballots arriving in the mail the next couple of days, we have included links to all the articles pertaining to profiles compiled on the federal, state, and local Democratic nominees running for office this year. Please review them so they can help you make the best decision when voting these next two and a half weeks.
Furthermore, please consider the following when deciding whether or not to vote this election:
If you think we can do better than one in four children in Arizona living in poverty, then vote in November.
If you think we can do better than being near the bottom in the nation in education funding, then vote in November.
If you agree with gubernatorial candidate David Garcia that “no one should be left behind,” then vote in November.
If you agree with Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Kathy Hoffman that the “future of Arizona is in our schools,” then vote in November.
If you agree with Attorney General candidate January Contreras that public service should be about the “little guy and democracy” and the people, especially the most vulnerable (like those with pre-existing health conditions), need to be protected, then vote in November.
If you agree with Treasurer candidate Mark Manoil that local and state Arizona economic development would be better served with local community banks than Wall Street banks, then vote in November.
If you agree with Mining Inspector candidate Bill Pierce that uranium should not be mined for in the Grand Canyon where any contamination into the Colorado River would make that water undrinkable for millions of citizens across several states, then vote in November.
If you want Arizona to be the solar capital of the country and greater utility investments steered towards solar, water, and wind like Corporation Commission candidate Kiana Sears, then vote in November.
If you want the stench of Dark Money removed from the public arena as most of the Democratic local and state candidates want, then vote in November.
If you want public servants like this year’s Democratic candidates that listen to their constituents and show up to public forums and debates, then vote in November.
If you want our borders secured, like our Democratic candidates want, with smart technology and smart policies geared towards capturing criminals, drug dealers, and human traffickers, then vote in November.
If you want all civil rights protected, including the right for women to choose and the newly recognized rights for members of the LGBTQ community, then vote this November.
All elections are important. The 2018 elections may be more so because if the forces of reaction, intolerance, and backwardness are allowed to prevail, it may be a long time before we recover.
Barack Obama is done with people’s lame excuses for not voting in the upcoming midterm elections this November.
So, in a new “Get Out The Vote” video from media company ATTN, the former president amusingly picks apart seven common reasons people give for not bothering to exercise their democratic right to cast a ballot.
“You can’t use Google to figure out which candidates on your local ballot think that the earth is flat and climate change is a hoax?” Obama asks at one point, as he tackles some people’s claims that they’re not informed enough to make a decision.
And for those folks who don’t bother voting in the midterms because they are “boring,” Obama delivers this takedown: “You know what’s boring? Scrolling through endless photos of your dinner on Instagram.”
Carolyn’s note: I have my purple long sleeved tshirt ready to wear for Wear Purple Day. For the DV Awareness month, I’ve already been to a candidate forum on this issue, plus a victims/survivors’ play called “23 Bruises” at the Loft. For other activities this month, here’s my previous post:
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If you listen to Rep. Martha McSally tell her story, she would have you believe that she is the only woman who has ever accomplished “firsts” in serving her country in the U.S. Armed Forces running for Congress. She holds a mighty high opinion of herself. Just ask her.
The theory that the 2016 election might inspire women to run for all levels of political office proved true within moments of the presidential inauguration, when hundreds of women signed up for seminars on running successful campaigns. Now, less than a month before the 2018 midterm elections on November 6, women hold a record number of spots on ballots across the country.
Among the women inspired to run are eight whose work for the country started years ago, just in another form. In a new campaign video, debuting exclusively on Cosmopolitan.com, eight women who served in the U.S. Navy, Marines Corps, Air Force, and CIA–Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria from Virginia, Chrissy Houlahan from Pennsylvania, Gina Ortiz Jones and MJ Hegar from Texas, Amy McGrath from Kentucky, Mikie Sherrill from New Jersey, and Elissa Slotkin from Michigan–speak about how their service inspired them to run for office this year.
Apparently voters are confused by the intentionally misleading ballot measure description on the ballot. Some people think this is a scholarship fund, rather than a voucher transferring public tax dollars to private and parochial schools.
According to the poll, they like the idea of creating a two-tier system of schools: publicly subsidized private ones for the children of parents who can afford to pay the difference between what a voucher is worth and what tuition costs, and poorly funded public ones for the kids whose parents can’t.
Yep, I definitely am feeling woozy. Either that, or 41 percent of Arizona voters don’t know what the heck Prop. 305 actually does.
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Hosted by Border Patrol Victims Network Red de Victimas de la Patrulla Fronteriza “We will gather on the sidewalk in front of Tucson Federal Court ( 405 W. Congress) on the first day of the retrial of Border Patrol agent … Continue reading →
University of Arizona GOTV Rally with Bernie Sanders and David Garcia, Hosted by UofA Young Democrats Other speakers include:CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: Doors open: 10:00am Rally: 12:00pm … Continue reading →
Arizona State University GOTV Rally with Bernie Sanders and David Garcia, Hosted by ASU Young Democrats Other speakers include: Congressman Ruben Gallego and Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: Doors open: 3:00pm Rally: 5:00pm Media … Continue reading →
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“This will be an 1.5 hour training hosted by the Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission meant to bring Tucson’s women together in a women only space to begin what role in Advocacy they can start playing after they cast their … Continue reading →
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“Join AFGE, The AZ AFL-CIO and other community groups to discuss privatization and union busting in the VA and other government workplaces.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1133141733506996/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
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“In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Southwest Fair Housing Council and our community partners will be examining the impact of the Act on Arizona. 8:00 – Registration and continental breakfast 8:45 – Opening Remarks, welcome … Continue reading →
ELEGY FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMACY OCTOBER 26, 2018 Ambassador David Dunford “Over the past three decades, American diplomatic successes have become increasingly irregular and the perception of the US has become less positive. More and more we look to our military … Continue reading →
Ninth Annual Spirit of Service Scholars Luncheon 10/26/2018 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ASU Downtown Campus – AE England Auditorium 424 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona, 85004 “Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions is pleased … Continue reading →
“Join us at IBEW Local 570 for a discussion about Medicare For All. We’ll be joined by Michael Lighty, former policy director of National Nurses United, to talk about what universal healthcare for everyone in America will look like and … Continue reading →
Film and Discussion “Life of Chicana activist Dolores Huerta, who with Cesar Chavez, founded and led the United Farm Workers Union for half a century. Sister Dolores dedicated her life to building a coalition of the labor and Chicanx movements, … Continue reading →
Join us for a Film & Forum honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WHAT: An award-winning short film followed by a panel discussion with community leaders who deal with domestic violence. WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 WHERE: Murphy-Wilmot … Continue reading →
October 27, 2018 4:00 pm – 11:30 pm Peace Center Event Celebrate Tucson Peace Center’s new office space in the Global Justice Center. We’re collaborating with other GJC tenants and our new neighbor The Gloo Factory to host a street … Continue reading →
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“Comedy for Charity is proud to announce it is co-promoting and co-producing the hilarious Whose Live Anyway with The Fox Theatre on November 1st. Back by popular demand, this show sold out in 2016, so get your tickets early! … Continue reading →
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