Nov. 13, 2012
To the editor:
There is this table (in Nate Silver’s 538 blog in the New York Times) that shows voter turnout, plus or minus, for this year and the last presidential election year: http://tinyurl.com/GOTValaska.
Alaska’s turnout was more than 31 percent less than 2008. More than 103,000 voters didn’t turn out this time. The spread was 326,000 in 2008 versus 222,000 in 2012.
If this is accurate as of the date indicated, Alaska stands as a far outlier at the bottom of the states in terms of percentage decline in voter participation.
I realize there was Palin on the ticket in 2008, and the Stevens vs. Begich contest added great interest, too. This year, the presidential race was not a real contest in Alaska (or in ’08), but we had a boatload of contested races for the redistricted Legislature.
This is embarrassing. Can’t we do better than this? It doesn’t matter for whom you vote, but can’t we value our right by exercising the right and get out there and vote?