Nationally, about three in four of those eligible to register actually do. About six in 10 (and often fewer) bother to show up. So decisions get made by roughly four in 10 (60 percent of 75 percent) of those eligible, about half of whom are on the winning side of any race. So every vote you cast on the prevailing side actually represents about five citizens, including yourself.
The lower the participation, the higher the power of your default proxy.
Given that U.S. voters are so susceptible to TV spots and rumors spread by the likes of Lush Rambo, why encourage more of the dunderheads to cast know-nothing ballots?
Unless you think your no-account brother-in-law has significantly smartened and/or sobered up, why encourage him? You can vote on behalf of him and three others.
I take such responsibility seriously and like to imagine whom I’m replacing, or at least cancelling out.
So please exercise the franchise carefully, including to whom you recommend it. That drunken brother-in-law has bitten us in the ass too often.
Buy him a six-pack and leave him on the beach.
BALLOT BOX GUN CONTROL. Major parties are mailing absentee ballot applications, the idea being that catching your adherents early will get them to vote straight ticket. Bad idea for Donkeyites. Republicans are much more likely to march as commanded. George Deukmejian won the California governorship in 1982 over Democrat Tom Bradley due to a brilliant GOP absentee/straight ticket strategy. Bradley won on election day, but absentees carried it for retro George.
When asked if Democrats should do likewise next time, a consultant responded “you give my people a gun like that and they’ll shoot you with it.”
TUBING. I’ll participate on Sam Shad’s Nevada Newsmakers pundit panel today at 12:30 p.m. on KRNV TV-4. Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Ray Hagar co-hosts. Principal victims will be Washoe District Judge Scott Freeman and his opponent, former D.A. Cal Dunlap. Other commentators include lobbyist Michael Hackett and rare GOP Latina Ellie Lopez-Bowlin. Charter cable victims may view the first rebroadcast at 9:30 p.m. on channel 3. The full statewide radio-tv-online schedule will be linked to the web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com.
TOLJASO DEPT. I predicted moonhowlers would use the phony recent Washoe and Clark graduation rate increases to justify education cuts. Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, did just that on Sept. 28. See “We Don’t Need No Education” at NevadaLabor.com.
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Andrew Barbano is a 39-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.