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EDITORIAL: Another bout of boredom

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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:00 pm

Clearly, people do not care about electing judges.

 

AND THE WINNER, again this year in the nonpartisan category, is: “Who cares?”

Fewer than 1 in 10 eligible voters bother to cast ballots in these races, no matter how important the outcome might be for Wisconsin.

The only statewide race narrowed a field of three to two finalists for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat. The court is likely to have final say over everything from Act 10 to Voter ID. At stake is the 4-3 conservative majority on the court, which could flip to a 4-3 progressive majority. The winner will wield enormous influence.

Right. Who cares?

 

THE NET RESULT is that a relative handful of voters — generally those with a special interest, such as lawyers, along with partisan firebrands — will decide where the power lies in Wisconsin. Big money is sure to flow in by the millions in an effort to influence a very small electorate for the April general election.

Ridiculous.

There are those who say instituting a merit appointment process would diminish democracy.

The “Who cares?” factor makes that notion laughable. If Wisconsin voters really wanted to democratically elect these people, they’d turn out at the polls.

Reform this mess. Good government matters.

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2 comments:

  • amook2 posted at 8:48 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    amook2 Posts: 10

    Yes- Spring primaries are always light on turnout - should we appoint school board members too? Does anyone recall how many people voted in the general election between Prosser and Kloppenberg? Very nearly 1.5 million.

    Keep the power with the people.

     
  • 1badbubyu posted at 7:03 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

    1badbubyu Posts: 1264

    I voted....the polls had been open for 5 hours and i was the fourth voter! Pathetic. To all my fellow conservatives out there. If you didn't vote and if the progressives win the court majority I blame you..[angry]

     

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