How was voter turnout in your state for mid term elections?
￼Oregon’s was darn good. 69.5 per cent. Not everything went the way Scribbler deigned it should, locally or nationally, but I’m a patient woman.
In most states, turnout was low.
What’s Oregon’s secret?
Exciting ballot measures. $8 million was spent to support a measure requiring that GMO foods be labeled, much of it from out of state. $20 million was spent in opposition to the measure, most of it from out of state. Yay Citizens’ United. We were buried in hyperbolic ads and flyers.
Also on the ballot: a top two (as opposed to party system) voting initiative.
And, a measure to legalize marijuana …
￼Voting in Oregon, which is by mail, is easy and encouraged. Does it help? Maybe some. Washington, however, also votes by mail and turnout there was down.
How do we compare to other countries?
In national elections we flounder somewhere around 60th.
How do other countries do it? Some hold all elections, national and local on one day. Some impose a fine on people who don’t vote (Uruguay and Singapore), or automatically register everyone to vote (France and Sweden). None of those happening here anytime soon.
What do you think about voting by mail? Is there controversy about voting and voting rights in your state? Should we do more to encourage voting? If so, what?