28.38% Voter Turnout? Shame on You Clark County

by lewwaters

Crying BabyThe 2014 Primary Election is behind us now and I have to tell you, it is embarrassing; no it is pathetic that this election saw such a dismal turnout in Clark County, the fourth lowest in the entire state.

Four years ago, 38.99% was the Primary election turnout and even that is ridiculously low. But, 28% is pathetic in a county that remains mired in economic uncertainty and under the shadow of a larger out of state city ready to impose their will upon us at any given moment.

What with so many of you always complaining about Portland calling the shots in our community, the only way to push them back is by voting in capable representatives at all levels willing to stand up to Portland and to remind them we are supposed to be partners in this so-called “metropolitan” region, not just a smaller community they can force their will on, sucking revenues away from and return nothing.

And it’s not just Portland, but the state as well that likes to keep raising our taxes to send up to Puget Sound while ignoring our needs down here.

We face many problems that have not been adequately addressed in the now over a decade that Democrats have held a stranglehold on the state, from transportation to education to illegal immigration, all keep being swept under the rug or kicked down the road to another time.

And such a pathetic voter turnout ends up leaving many of those same Democrats in office!

I don’t know for sure why so many register to vote then don’t exercise their privilege, no, duty to cast their ballot. But, I think County Auditor Greg Kimsey might have touched upon it somewhat when he was asked at the end of CVTV’s Primary Election coverage the night of the election.

The one distinctive feature about Clark County compared to the rest of the state is we are in the Portland media shadow. I think we have about 60,000 people travel in Oregon every day to work, so their connected, at least for 8 or 10 hours a day, they’re connected into the Oregon world, not so much into the Clark County, Southwest Washington world. That’s probably the biggest explanation of why Clark County turnout is below much of the rest of the state….. (audio cut out on CVTV at this point).

I cannot disagree as for too long, those elected to represent us in Southwest Washington have kowtowed and caved to whatever Portland wants, putting their wants about our needs.

We see it on the Vancouver City Council and all of the three Democrats sent to Olympia from the 49th legislative district as they adopted Portland’s “No light rail, no bridge” attitude over the CRC, even though Clark County citizens consistently opposed extending Portland’s financially troubled light rail a short distance into our community.

We see it as the so-called newspaper of record in Southwest Washington editorializes in favor of Portland frequently, alienating a large number of Clark County residents with smears and denigration of selected elected officials they personally hate.

We see it when candidates like Mike Briggs (D 18) announce that Clark County would not last one hour without Portland.

And we see it when a strong Republican candidate is undermined behind the scenes by party operatives in favor of an inexperienced novice because someone carries a personal grudge against the stronger candidate. Waving pom poms to a High School cheer isn’t what is needed to stand up and defeat special interests.

Such apathy doesn’t solve any of our problems.

Nearly 68% turned out to vote in the 2010 General election, but that was a year people were fired up to change the face of congress. Since then, and for many reasons I am sure, voters have cooled significantly, apparently opting to pull the covers up over their heads.

2006 saw almost a 36% turnout in the Primary with close to 62% turnout in the General. That was also the year Democrats seized control of both houses in Washington D.C. and held control in Washington State, much to our detriment ever since.

And 2014 is on track to see a significantly lower turnout.

Hang your heads in shame, Clark County. According to the 2010 census, we are the fifth largest county in Washington State, but see the fourth lowest voter turnout.

It is said we get the government we deserve and such low voter turnout gives us the crappiest of all governments, but what we deserve since so many of you cannot be bother to fill out a simple ballot and drop it in the mail or at a drop box.

Don’t come crying in November because you don’t really care for the candidates. You chose them by not voting for better ones in the primary last week.

17 Responses to “28.38% Voter Turnout? Shame on You Clark County”

  1. Sad, sad, sad…

  2. Local lamestream media has been focusing on depressing the vote.

    How many times have the democratian told us that our votes don’t mean anything?

    How many times have people gone to the polls to express their opinions only to have the arrogant SOB’s that are SUPPOSED to be working for us proceed to ignore us?

    It doesn’t excuse it. But it certainly explains it to me.

    For people to vote, they have to believe their vote has meaning.

    For so many here in this county, it doesn’t. After all, Steve Stuart put it best when he admitted that he “only spoke for Steve.”


  3. One of the more pitiful things to me is seeing political newcomers, convinced they know it all, trying to counter the main sources of information dissemination against lamestream media like the Lazy C.

    But, they know it all, they think.

    They don’t realize just how much their actions contribute to poor turnout as the purge people with many years experience and undermine strong candidates to front a novice that doesn’t have a clue.

  4. In the 49th a one armed, one eyed pervert can get elected if there is a (D) behind their name. Many conservatives just don’t bother in the 49th figuring, what’s the use, the LIBTARD dummies are going to win anyway. This is a backwards community because of self interest and greed on the part of our political and civic leaders. They pay for what we get because it puts money in their pockets. When they say it’s good for the community, that translates, it’s good for me. We all know that it’s the green grease that keeps the wheels turning and I don’t mean turning the right way.

  5. I agree, Lew. It works this way in all types of elections. How can you know the will of the people when a majority win is less than 25% of the entire electorate? That is why every election, I ask people to just vote. Throughout campaign season, people know who I support; but I still have at least a few posts practically begging people to just vote, no matter the candidate they support or the side of an issue they may be on. I NEVER encourage people to even skip an item on the ballot when they do take the time to vote. If I were a candidate or a person supporting an issue, I would want to know that I am supported (or not) by a real majority.

  6. “How can you know the will of the people when a majority win is less than 25% of the entire electorate?”

    The exact, precise, same way you can when it’s 30%… or in this case, 28.38%

    As utterly meaningless as the fringe-left caterwaul “that it was only 25% who voted in the advisory vote” is, those who refuse to abide by the results, namely the haters at the C3G2 hate site… and Greg… would have us completely disregard the outcome of an election that utterly repudiated everything they stood for.

    Yet, we hear nothing of the kind when the vote was 28.32%. We don’t hear that THOSE results should be ignored… that those eliminated by the ballot should somehow still go forward into the general.

    After all, it was only 28.32% of us who voted. That means 71% didn’t vote… and so the 28.32% of us who did should be ignored as well, right?

    Right Greg?

    Get off that 25% garbage. You people had your chance and you got slaughtered where it mattered: at the polls.

    And that’s the critical element, Greg: because everyone reading this knows damned well that had the vote gone the other way… had the vote gone in FAVOR of the CRC Scam and Loot Rail, you damned sure wouldn’t be banging the drum claiming that “it was only 25%.” Just like you people didn’t whine about it being 25% when it came to the fireworks vote, where, amazingly, all of a sudden, what the people voted actually MATTERED… unlike any of the advisory votes that your ilk insists on ignoring.

    And that is hypocrisy of the highest order… leftist hypocrisy.

    C3G2 hate site hypocrisy.

  7. Well spoken, right up to the point where you started attacking fellow Republicans. . . . Dial it back and learn who your friends are, Lew.

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  8. Greg, your post nailed it right out of the park. I absolutely agree with all of your points even though we do not see eye to eye on the issues. I also do not tell people to skip out on elections. only 2,119 votes seperated Ley from Brandon Vick and Lisa Ross upsetted Crain to my surprise was less than 2,000 votes. There’s a quote I live by: If you don’t vote, they will decide for you.

  9. Personally, Sean, I do not need your approval nor advice. I hesitated even allowing your comment due to previous crap.

    Tell your little group nothing has changed with me and your call for friendship is too steep of a price.

    Pass it on to Madore as well.

    Somehow you keep missing that I am not a Republican, I resigned from the party, very vocally I might add (ask Anna Miller, Ryan Hart, Greg Kimsey and others) back in 2010 for pulling the same behind the scenes, undermining y’all did this election. I have no “fellow Republicans.”

    You better remove my photo from your page, you are in violation of copyright and yes, are plagiarizing again.

    What else should we expect?

    You may now consider me a full-blown enemy of the Clark County Republican Party, Sean

  10. Copyright doesn’t extend to satire.

    We at LWW don’t want that picture there. You don’t want it there. The stupid thing is that we would love to cooperate with you, but you can’t see past your ego to do so. It can be gone this afternoon.

  11. Copyright extends to photos I took and own.

    I have already filed a copyright complaint on stealing the photo I took of the Traveling Veterans Memorial and using without permission.

    Your juvenile rants are permissible, but not stealing images and photos belonging to others.

    Good luck with the charter and bridge support

  12. Best of luck with that, Lew. You might want to dig in to 17 U.S.C. § 107. The Supreme Court has unequivocally held that a parody may qualify as fair use under § 107. In Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., the court held that a new
    work must target and comment upon the original work in order to be considered a fair use. The LWW work does exactly that.

    And examine the case background of:

    SunTrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Co., 268 F.3d 1257, 1265 (11th Cir. 2001)

    Feel free to waste all the time you like chasing a non-existent infringement that will amount to exactly nothing except you looking the fool. Time that could be better spent. . . I don’t know. . . actually learning about what and who you’re talking about and badmouthing?

  13. You show nothing but your shallowness in stealing the intellectual property of another , defacing it and launching an attack on a non-Republican because he will not support a favored Republican.

    I guess all voters not publicly supporting Ms. Ross can expect similar attacks?

    Or is it just this non-Republican to be attacked by operatives of the Republican Party?

    Quote what you want, a thief is still a thief, no matter what you try to wrap yourself in.

  14. Of all the things in politics here locally that have any importance… what the scum involved in and behind the attack blog against Lew is the least of them.


  15. All they have accomplished is to create another enemy and prove Lisa Ross is not a person we should have in Olympia.

    All they can do is attack and smear because I do not support her?

    Me, an Independent voter and somehow, I am required to support any idiot they front?

    What the hell, is she sleeping with those jerks?

    How many elections do they want to throw away to smear an Independent voter?

    Her involvement alone with Vancouver Vitality, the group that got everything wrong and helped get Jeanne E Stewart voted off the city council is enough by itself to show she is far from ready to be sent to Olympia.


    Go back to your hate site, Sean, your days of commenting here are over.

  16. RCW 9.61.260

    (1) A person is guilty of cyberstalking if he or she, with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass any other person, and under circumstances not constituting telephone harassment, makes an electronic communication to such other person or a third party:

    (a) Using any lewd, lascivious, indecent, or obscene words, images, or language, or suggesting the commission of any lewd or lascivious act;

    (b) Anonymously or repeatedly whether or not conversation occurs; or

    (c) Threatening to inflict injury on the person or property of the person called or any member of his or her family or household.

    (2) Cyberstalking is a gross misdemeanor, except as provided in subsection (3) of this section.

    (3) Cyberstalking is a class C felony if either of the following applies:

    (a) The perpetrator has previously been convicted of the crime of harassment, as defined in RCW 9A.46.060, with the same victim or a member of the victim’s family or household or any person specifically named in a no-contact order or no-harassment order in this or any other state; or

    (b) The perpetrator engages in the behavior prohibited under subsection (1)(c) of this section by threatening to kill the person threatened or any other person.

    (4) Any offense committed under this section may be deemed to have been committed either at the place from which the communication was made or at the place where the communication was received.

    (5) For purposes of this section, “electronic communication” means the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic communication” includes, but is not limited to, electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, and electronic text messaging.

    [2004 c 94 § 1.]

    Severability — 2004 c 94: “If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.” [2004 c 94 § 6.]

    Effective dates — 2004 c 94: “This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [March 24, 2004], except for section 3 of this act, which takes effect July 1, 2004.” [2004 c 94 § 7.]



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