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VOTER TURNOUT HITS A 72-YEAR LOW … By FITSNEWS  ||  America isn’t a Democracy, it’s a Republic: One in which citizens are decreasingly interested in participating, it would appear. According to preliminary data from the United States Elections Project, only 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots – the lowest…

VOTER TURNOUT HITS A 72-YEAR LOW …

By FITSNEWS  ||  America isn’t a Democracy, it’s a Republic: One in which citizens are decreasingly interested in participating, it would appear.

According to preliminary data from the United States Elections Project, only 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots – the lowest total since 1942.  That’s down from 2010’s 41.8 percent mark, according to the project’s researchers – who hail from the University of Florida.

How to explain this historically low voter participation?  It’s really quite simple …

First, most Americans feel they have no real choice at the polls.  Ours is a country in search of a new leadership option … but that option isn’t there.  Polls show the independent streak among the electorate is a mile wide – featuring all sorts of diverse ideological breakdowns – but neither party is responding to the basic needs being articulated.

And what are those needs?  Well, for starters people want government out of their homes, businesses  and bank accounts (absent a compelling reason) … and our troops out places they don’t belong … a fiscally conservative, socially libertarian matrix that incorporates the GOP’s stated (yet unpracticed) support for less government and more individual liberty and the Democratic party’s support for justice and tolerance.

It’s not just the surging independent voters adopting this basic matrix, either.  Huge chunks of party-line voters are also ready to break off from the two-party establishment in its direction.

Take this report from the Virginia-based Market Research Foundation, which found that “31 percent of Democrats broke with their party on the issue of government spending” while “thirty-three percent of Republicans were likely to break from their party’s ranks on the issue of gay marriage.”

These fractures would turn into Grand Canyon-sized chasms … if only these voters had an alternative.

Second, who has time for the lesser of two evils?

People are so busy trying to make ends meet in the “New Normal” two-party America has created they barely have time to vote – let alone figure out which side of the “Heads They Win, Tails You Lose” coin their ballot should land on.

So they stay home …

This problem could – and should – be solved by making Election Day a national holiday, as Richard Manning of Americans for Limited Government recently suggested.  In fact we agree with Manning that such a move would not only increase voter participation – but enhance the legitimacy of the electoral process by reducing the fraud associated with alternative voting methods.

This website has long maintained there is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by unleashing the power of the marketplace.  Hell, our country became the greatest civilization the planet has ever seen because its founders recognized freedom and free markets were indispensable to the protection and preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Of course it’s now headed into the crapper at the moment because our current leaders – “Republicans” and Democrats – are rushing headlong in the opposite direction.

Choice and competition fuel innovation and progress – and nowhere do we need choice and competition more urgently right now than at the ballot box.

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40 comments

RogueElephant November 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

What this country needs more than anything is honest politicians and informed voters.—- oh shit.—- WE ARE DOOMED.

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SC Political Digest November 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

We need more of what we got Nov.4. TOTAL Repudiation of FAILURE by the Democrat Party, and more whining by liberal sycophants like FITS…

With one more election we can TOTALLY Transform this country BACK to a semblance of decency and law.

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Uh, OK? November 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

You don’t know much about the rest of country. Heck, you probably don’t know much about anything beyond the little room your computer is in.

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SC Political Digest November 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

Ever hear of Iowa, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Alaska, Ohio, Utah, Illinois, Texas????…..They all went to the GOP.

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Uh, OK? November 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

And yet, no Republican will win the Presidency in 2016. Funny how that works. Remember 1996, remember 2008, remember 2012. Of course you don’t. This election was most likely the last gasp for the white conservative Republican vote. Using unsubstantiated fear as a motivator for your base can only work for so long. Especially when that base is dying off without much to replace it. Don’t let the mindset you foster in this echo chamber get SC confused with the rest of the country.

Wondering November 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

Who do you see the Republicans winning the Presidency in 2016 with?

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SC Political Digest November 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

Whoever they nominate.

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guest November 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Yes indeed. In the past 6 years (since Obama was elected), Republicans have picked-up:

11 senate seats
72 house seats
9 governorships
control of a majority of state legislatures-picked-up over 1400 seats in those state legislatures-2 of 10 seats in 6 years!!!

Need the White House to reverse his judicial appointments.

sparklecity November 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Won’t change a fucking thing

You are living in La-la land!!!!!

fuck both Republicans and Democrats equally is what I say!!!!

No party has done jack shit is 30 years except kick the can down the road

It is the equivalent of saying “I promise to just put the head in”!!!

Neither political party is worth a bucket of warm spit as they stand now!!!!

Wondering November 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Any actual names? Not trying to knock the Repblicans, but surely they have some one waiting in the wings.

guest November 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I can name 10.
How about Democrats? Won’t be Hillary. She has a brain injury and will never recover from her surgery.
Joe Biden? LMAO.

Wondering November 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Not interested in Hillary or the Dems in general. Just looking for one Rep name. Why is that so hard? Not a good sign.

SC Political Digest November 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm

If you don’t already know, you likely need to be reading another – more elementary – source than me.

Rocky November 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

What you got on November 4 was 39% turnout in SC. Don’t be stupid enough to assume that will be the case in 2016.

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guest November 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

We may pass a law and not allow liberals to vote in 2016.

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sparklecity November 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Fuck hard right Republicans and hard left Democrats equally is what I say!!!!!!

Independent is the only way!!!!!

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SC Political Digest November 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

You LOST. Shut up and GET OVER IT….

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SCBlueWoman November 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

And Obama is still president. Bwaaahaaaahaaa. Get over it.

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Smirks November 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

Obamacare until 2017. (At least!) :)

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tomstickler November 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

Hmmm… No mention of the unlimited cash flowing to campaigns as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Simple oversight? You decide.

Add in the lack of confidence in “faith-based voting” where ballots are cast on unverifiable and unrecountable touch-screen systems. does anyone not suspect just a little bit that Alvin Greene didn’t really get that many votes? Sure was beneficial for DeMint, eh?

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SC Political Digest November 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

Don’t look now but I think black helicopter is hovering over your crib…

You are a total Dumb@$$…and I’m so glad you got slapped down last week…

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Smirks November 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

No mention of the unlimited cash flowing to campaigns as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United.

You should listen to these Cato CDs. Nothing wrong with unlimited money from corporate interests in politics. Nope. Who cares if Cato is funded by those very same corporate interests? I’m confident they’ve got no bias.

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I voted November 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

Here in Colorado we had ballots mailed to us a couple of weeks before Election Day that could be returned by mail, drop box or in person. This was the most pleasant voting experience I ever had. Maybe even to first time I’ve voted in a mid term election. Every state should look into adopting this model.

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idcydm November 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

What this county needs is a good five cent cigar.

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Ancap FTW! November 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

“Rational disinterest.”- Murray Rothbard

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Bible Thumper November 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

Fits political analysts is the greatest. Will is always right.

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:) November 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Glad to see you finally on board.

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Dave Chappelle I'm Rick James November 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

How is voter apathy cured by making election day a federal holiday?

If I don’t care to vote, and then election day is made it a federal holiday….I still don’t care to vote. If voter options suck, how is making election day a federal holiday going to enhance voter options?

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Smirks November 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

Give them the day off and they’ll probably spend the day at home in their boxers, munching on Cheetos and watching The Price is Right.

Democracy wins!

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Rocky November 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

Want to increase participation – let us vote from home online. Period.

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Ed November 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Wait, wait wait….no one REALLY wants to increase turnout. It is just something to bitch about. Your idea would actually increase turnout.

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one_big_dude November 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

You’re missing the much bigger story: Kim Kardashian bared her booty yesterday!!!

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uh oh November 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

There was nobody to vote for. First time in my life I have not voted. Hey at least with the Repubs you know nothing will happen cause they don’t do anything.

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Bill November 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

“America isn’t a Democracy its a Republic.”

What a absolutely dumb statement. If I hear that one more time I think I will go nuts. Do they print that on stickers sold by Glen Beck?
WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC. How little the tea nut types know about our constitution, history, and government never ceases to amaze me.

Democratic Republic – a country that is both a republic and a democracy. It is one where ultimate authority and power is derived from the citizens, and the government itself is run through elected officials.

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guest November 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Dumbass. That is defined as a ‘REPRESENTATIVE’ government.
No wonder you liberal/socialist fuckers can’t win elections anymore.

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Existential Dilemma November 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

He probably thinks that “black” can be “white” too.

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Bill November 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Could you teanuts bother to even look up things before you respond. You are wrong, but just sit there and be wrong in your wrongness. It confirms my belief you know nothing about government. You just make crap up as you go along.
Keep buying those bumper sticker. Glenn Beck needs the money now that he has admitted he’s crazy.

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Jack November 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

Go you people are dumb as dirt.

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Native Ink November 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

First, I agree that many elections don’t really present a good choice. Yes, we can get whipped up over one or two issues, but every other issue is locked down by the establishment no matter which way we vote.

Second, low voter participation is the goal of the Republicans. The majority of Americans vote for Democrats. In fact, in 2012, Democrats won more votes than Republicans for the House of Representatives. Only gerrymandering kept Republicans in control. The simple fact is when more Americans vote, Democrats do better.

Only one of the two parties wants more voters to turn out.

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sparklecity November 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Once again:

Been a PROUD “voting every opportunity I get” Independent since 1971!!

Feels good to be ahead of the CURVE!!!!!

As “Curly Bill” said in “Tombstone”: I feel CAPITAL!!!!!

Fuck a bunch of hard right Republicans and hard left Liberals equally is what i say!!!!!

Both sides of the spectrum have their collective heads so far up their asses they will never see the light of day!!!!

Nor do they deserve to!!!!!!

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