Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Apathy Day in Knoxville

An important election where very few people vote:

Voting has reportedly increased somewhat since this morning, but turnout has still been very low (it is being reported on "the Twitter"-to borrow a phrase from Senator Doug Henry-that some Knoxville precincts haven't even seen 80 voters today), and that is somewhat depressing. Local elections like those taking place in Knoxville and part of Knox County today are the ones that do more to impact people's daily lives than national elections do, or probably ever will. Presidents and Congresses do not pave streets, cover bridges, lay sidewalk concrete, decide property or sales tax rates, or enforce building and zoning codes. City and county officials and State legislators decide when and how much of that kind of work-the daily grunt work of government to provide the services we need to live our daily lives-gets done. Knowing that, you would think that a whole lot more people would want to make their voice heard.

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