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Here's the bad news about Tuesday's elections:
Barely 28 percent of Kentuckians even bothered to go to the polls.
Now, here's the worse news:
That was actually better than expected.
It's not a new problem, but it is a serious one. Because people get fed up with negative campaigning, believe there's no real difference among the candidates or find all the choices unacceptable, they think there's no point in going to the polls. I've heard many people say they wish they had a "none of the above" option.
Well, actually -- you do.
Think about this. Next time there's an election and you feel this way, go to the polls, sign in, and turn in your ballot without selecting anyone. That way, you'll be counted as a voter, but you won't be giving your support to anyone.
If every registered voter who stayed home Tuesday had instead done just that, the results would show that even the night's biggest winner only got 18% of the vote. That would certainly send a loud and clear message to everyone in government that the "mandates" they like to brag about are imaginary, and might – just might – be an incentive for all politicians to re-evaluate just how in touch they are with their constituents.
It'll take a little more effort than just staying home, but I think it'd be a good way of having your voice heard without compromising your principles.