Primary Election Day is Over!
That's why the newsletter is a bit late. I was working at the Salt Creek precinct poll yesterday - which is an inspiring way to spend a long day. It was great seeing the increasing number of young voters in an off-year election, the number of families who vote together (maybe not the same party registration) and those who consider voting important.
Quotes heard on Tuesday:
"I don't know why anybody would give up the privilege to vote."
"I'm an immigrant and it's an honor and privilege to vote in this country."
"Voting gives you the right to complain."
It is a very easy site to use with details and maps for each contest, voter turnout by precinct and overall for the county in the scrolling banner.
Here are the math questions of the day - Cass County has 16733 registered voters; 5054 voted in this primary election:
a. If a candidate got 99% of the votes cast on Tuesday, what percentage of all Cass County voters decided that he or she will run in the general election?
b. If a candidate got 905 votes in Cass County, what percentage of those who voted decided that he or she will run in the general election?
c. Do we have a majority of voters approving candidates or issues in Cass County?
And here are some quotes from both ends of the political spectrum
"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 - except for Goldwater in '64 - the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted." - Ann Coulter (This is a tactic of using facts to justify opinion - the election facts are likely true, but the 'better country' statement is her opinion and the only positive thing I can say about her is she is smarter than Sarah Palin.)
"We are told there is not enough money for education, but somehow there is enough money for people to raise billions of dollars to defeat somebody in an election. Oh! Okay! Does that make sense?" - Phylicia Rashad (Not to me.)
"This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in 'American Idol' than in any US election." - Rush Limbaugh (If true, it doesn't surprise me.)
"If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world." - Claude Pepper (That's not gonna happen in my lifetime.)
"It's heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desparate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on Election Day." - Moby (Afghans turned out by the hundreds of thousands although the Taliban had threatened to attack voters - and did)
If you didn't vote, don't complain.
|Date||Sunrise||Sunset||Sun hours||Days until Summer|
|Wednesday, May 14, 2014||06:09 AM||08:35 PM||14:26||38|
|Thursday, May 15, 2014||06:08 AM||08:36 PM||14:28||37|
|Friday, May 16, 2014||06:07 AM||08:37 PM||14:30||36|
|Saturday, May 17, 2014||06:06 AM||08:38 PM||14:32||35|
|Sunday, May 18, 2014||06:05 AM||08:39 PM||14:34||34|
|Monday, May 19, 2014||06:04 AM||08:40 PM||14:36||33|
|Tuesday, May 20, 2014||06:04 AM||08:41 PM||14:37||32|
There are a lot of activities and events in and around Alvo, so take a look at the upcoming events following this abbreviated newsletter.