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93.68 Percent …

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…

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.

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18 comments

Jack July 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Well maybe this will end all the crap about Democrats gave Spearman the win. All Atwater needed to get was 5% of registered Republicans to vote for her and she would have crushed Spearman.

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Bible Thumper July 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Registered Republicans?

We don’t register by party in this state.

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Jack July 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

If you are registered to vote you are registered. I did not say registered as a Republican. To be clear 5% of Republicans who are registered to vote.

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Bible Thumper July 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

My bad. Registered is a modifier, not part of a compound noun.

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Mike at the Beach July 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Damn people…you know a good grammatical argument gets me fired up! The Queen’s English lives! Nicely played, gentlemen; nicely played.

euwe max July 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

If you are registered to vote you are registered.

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ah, yes…. drugs.

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Squishy123 July 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I’m just confused as to why I should be concerned about whether my County Coroner and Clerk of Court need to run a party platform.

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Deo Vindice SC July 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm

They call that, ” party rules ” . It is a SC kind of thing. They love it here.

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okay July 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Oh my, I’m so concerned with nobody showing up to vote for a couple statewide offices that mean absolutely nothing…

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Larry July 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Integrity in politics is dead. it is even deader in government. it is even deader in the media.

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Screw them all July 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

The only thing left is for these public moochers to be scorned on a continual basis in public, by the public.

No invitations to parties, social functions, or let inside our businesses, etc.

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Deo Vindice SC July 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Vote republican, get used to it !

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Fat Greg Dulli July 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Where are the droves that showed up to vote in Boy King O, twice? They probably wouldn’t know a run off election from a box of dicks. ‘Merica.

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Seriously? July 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Whoa, it’s an off year mid-term, primary, runoff, with no US Senate, nor the Governors race nominee up for grabs and practically no one showed up to vote. THIS IS NEWS! Sheesh.

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idcydm July 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Ivory Soap numbers are higher.

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jrh July 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Well, well ,who you going to vote for? They all tell you how great their going to be and when they get in office they don’t do nothing and get paid for it.People are starting to get tired of it. All these politicians have turned into crooks and liers.

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aikencounty July 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm

If you want a high turn out, you have to engage the “witch doctor” from Edisto.
He is able to generate HUGE numbers of the dead and the “un-dead”.
I know it’s the truth, ’cause the TEA Party has said it happens!
YOU BETCHA!

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Smirks July 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

Those gosh darned Democrat necromancers!

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