With all the ballots counted, the primary is over.
For the 25,880 people who bothered to vote, that means something.
For the almost 78 percent of registered voters who received a ballot in the mail but didn’t manage to get it back to the auditor, it means nothing at all.
Completing a ballot, slipping it in the double envelope and dropping it in the box somewhere near your home, or putting postage on it, was too much to ask of more than 3/4 of our fellow citizens.
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The cost to the county of mailing out all those ballots that languished and then were discarded, if it was only 75 cents a ballot (I don’t know the actual cost, this is purely hypothetical) was $68,083.50 No matter what the cost, those 90,778 individuals chose not to vote.
Those who did vote had an outsized influence on the election. I don’t think the election system is working, and it is costing the tax payers an awful lot of money. No matter that it was “just a primary “ and “not a presidential election year”, these are repeated excuses that don’t hold up under scrutiny. The system is broken and something needs a major overhaul.