THAT’S HOW MANY REGISTERED VOTERS DIDN’T SHOW UP FOR PARTY RUNOFFS
Last month this website wrote a post entitled 84.08 percent … referencing the percentage of South Carolina’s 2.8 million registered voters who declined to participate in the state’s 2014 partisan primary elections on June 10.
Guess what … it got even worse two weeks later.
According to data from the S.C. Election Commission (SCEC), a whopping 93.68 percent of registered voters in the Palmetto State didn’t cast ballots in the partisan runoff elections on June 24.
This abysmal 6.32 percent turnout figure was well below the 15.27 percent turnout from 2010 – the last year statewide races were on the ballot.
What do we make of these numbers?
It’s simple: People are fed up with the choices they are being offered by the two major parties. They’re tired of hearing the same old things over and over and over again … only to watch as Republican and Democratic “reformers” get co-opted by the system they claim to be trying to fix.
Real “reform” is clearly never going to happen within the current two-party system … but until the passive resistance of non-participation in the democratic process is supplanted by affirmative support for non-institutional candidates, don’t expect anything to change.