GET OUT AND … EH … WHATEVER …
“Republicans” are expected to have a big day at the national level – and here in South Carolina – as the party in control of the White House (a.k.a. the Democrats) have lost 40 of the last 43 midterm elections.
Will that change anything in Washington D.C. (or Columbia, S.C.)?
What’s interesting about midterm elections, though, is the seismic change they can have on the country (i.e. the 2006 cycle that put Democrats in control of Congress or the 2010 cycle that gave the GOP control of the U.S. House) are decided by less than forty percent of the country’s voting age population.
According to our friends at Market Research Foundation – who have done some interesting party loyalty research in the Palmetto State – lower turnout in midterm elections has persisted for the last 174 years.
“Through the first half-century of the American Republic, turnout in midterm elections was actually higher,” the website’s researchers noted. “That changed in the mid-nineteenth century, though, as the popular vote expanded and party organizations placed more emphasis on control of the White House. Since the 1840s, turnout in presidential years has always eclipsed turnout in midterms – with the party in the White House losing seats in the midterms in every election cycle except 1934, 1998 and 2002.”
What will turnout be this time? Good question … but early projections seem to indicate it will be low, which makes sense given the dearth of quality candidates on the ballot.
Anyway, we started receiving “turnout tips” as soon as the polls opened.
“Voted on Sullivans (Island) – less than fifteen minutes,” one of our sources told us, adding that 25 of the town’s 715 registered voters had already cast their ballots.
Some who voted – like Liz – weren’t exactly thrilled with their options.
“Eight unchallenged races on my ballot, plus a no win situation for Governor and Senator,” another reader informed us. “Alas, Beavis, Butthead and Uncle Si were some of my write in candidates.”
Ha! That reminds us of one of our endorsements …
According to the S.C. Election Commission, “voting is off to a smooth start with no unexpected issues.”
While you enjoy our election day tuneage, be sure to post your turnout stories in our comments section below …
ELECTION DAY TUNEAGE
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