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GOOD NEWS: WI Voter Turnout high!

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John Eyster
November 7, 2012

GOOD NEWS: WI Voter Turnout high!

Take a look at our ROCK COUNTY VOTER TURNOUT: 87.26! That’s in context with our WI average over the past 6 elections of 60.93% and the US average of 51.6%. I am watching to find out the ACTUAL voter turnout for WI and for the USA. ROCK COUNTY is a high voting county! Did YOU vote?

The Christian Science Monitor published an information article yesterday, “Voter turnout: the 6 states that rank highest, and why.”

That article lists WI as #3. If you want to go directly to the WI section of the article, use this link, “Wisconsin.” The article notes that WI is the ONLY battleground state on the top voter turnout list.

Ron Seely reported late last night, “Wisconsin sees near-record voter turnout” for the Wisconsin State Journal.

The article asserts, “A hard-fought, down-to-the-wire presidential race and a bitter battle for a U.S. Senate seat brought out near-record numbers of Wisconsin voters Tuesday on a cold, wet election day.” He cites Kevin Kennedy, head of our Government Accountability Board, expecting more than 70% of Wisconsin’s eligible voters cast ballots. NOW we await the FINAL data based on ACTUAL vote yesterday.

I have been studying the results of ELECTION Day 2012 online. Grateful to our Rock County Clerk, Lori Stottler, for the VERY complete data online now, “2012 General Election.”

Complementing the ROCK COUNTY data is the special elections section online by the Gazette. Use this link for that information, “Election 2012: Everything you need to know about voting and the races in Rock County.”

This special online section covers the RESULTS from Rock and Walworth counties. It has links to a long list of “Election Results Stories” as well as Associated Press “Election Stories.” Valuable resource online. THANKS to the Gazette!

Another “Wisconsin Voter” feature by Craig Gilbert adds to the discussion of voter turnout. Yesterday Craig asked the question, “Will election turnout trump election burnout in Wisconsin?”

TODAY we KNOW that WE THE PEOPLE of WI were NOT burned-out by multiple elections through 2012. He cites data from the list of “Highest turnouts in US since 1980” noting that in 2004 WI was #3 with 74.8% and in 2008 WI was #7 with 72.4%. Expectations are that WI will be higher than 2008 this year. The feature shows an interesting chart, “Presidential turnout in Wisconsin compared to US.”

YES, I think there is GOOD NEWS with the results of our 2012 Election Day in terms of the persons elected. The continuance of President Obama’s leadership provide needed continuity for continuing healthy development.

The fact that President Obama carried WI and the election of Tammy Baldwin as our WI US Senator significantly demonstrates that WI is NOT a RED state. We are, truth be told, a real battleground state.

That fact is underscored by the fact that our WI State Senate will now have a Republican majority again. I am concerned about the fact that WE THE PEOPLE of WI did NOT learn that DIVIDED GOVERNMENT is healthier from the situation in WI after the 2010 election.

I hope that Scott Walker has matured so that he will really be open to communication and compromise, but I am NOT optimistic. Yes, I’ve heard his talk-talk, but I do NOT observe that Scott WALKS his talk. Time will tell.

I hope Scott will read today's Gazette editorial, "Compromise must trump ideology." I'm sending it to the Governor. Do YOU agree with the Gazette editorial?

On this morning after our 2012 Election Day, I am reflecting on my FAVORITE QUOTE, “TODAY is the FIRST day of the rest of your life.” I do have the AUDACITY of HOPE!

I share the conviction articulated by President Obama in his speech early this morning, “I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.” If you want to read the whole speech, use this link, “Text of Barack Obama’s speech after re-election.” The link to Governor Romney’s “Text of Mitt Romney’s concession speech.”)

Remember WISCONSIN’s motto, “FORWARD!”

Here we go…

Mr. E.


John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.


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