Update: And the answer is … an all-time low of 26%. That’s just sad. -JG
New Jersey is unique in so many ways, not the least of which is our 4-year election cycle. Unlike most other states, which combine their federal and state races and take a break every other year, we have critical elections each and every year. But, unfortunately, we have a hard time keeping voters’ attention, so the cycle ends up looking like this:
That’s a shame. Because there are vitally important races, not just in LD2, LD7, LD11, LD14, LD16, LD27 and LD38, but frankly, every District. Not to mention important county elections, and municipal races with great candidates in Hawthorne, Fair Lawn, Red Bank, Parsippany, Berkeley Heights, Pt. Pleasant and many other places around the state. If one race doesn’t interest you, another one should. If you can’t think of a race you want to help with, let me know – I guarantee I can hook you up with a worthy campaign near you that needs your help.
It may be preaching to the choir to tell the Blue Jersey audience to vote on Tuesday. But, that choir needs to sing out: don’t just vote, but get friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who share your values to vote on Tuesday. In Year Four of our election cycle, turnout is everything.