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This Sunday’s Lowell Sun Column asked, in their typical sarcastic fashion, if Middlesex County voters were “paying attention.” John Buonomo, the Register of Probate for the County, received “tens of thousands of votes” in last week’s primary election and the paper correctly asks if the voters know what is going on.
Probably not. First of all, very few people know what this job is all about. I agree with Lynne comments in a previous post…the job should be an appointed position.
Secondly, when you go into a voting booth in Massachusetts, your choices are usually limited to voting for the only name running for a particular office, write-in a name or leave it blank. On principle, if someone is running unopposed I usually never give him/her a vote; unless I want to give that public official an endorsement. I have on many occasion wrote-in a name.
Back to the Buonomo votes…the election process was difficult to understand for the average voter and what did the paper who laughed at the voters do to help us understand this process, very little. I learned about the process through sco’s post that was featured on this site.
Granted voters have the responsibility and duty to be informed and knowledgeable but institutions, such the mainstream media (newspaper) and the new media (blogs) have their own responsibilities. We should all do our job a little bit better to have motivated and informed voters; 9% voter turnout in Lowell is far from democracy in action
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