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View Diary: Updated: Pueblo, Colorado Recall: Voter turnout *didn't* cause loss. (72 comments)

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  •  I agree that Giron's margin of defeat (9+ / 0-)

    was large enough where you could discount the turnout factor to a point, but not so in the Morse race.

    However, I think we need to look at this from a simpler, bigger picture angle.  Not as many people voted in this election as did in the general.  Frankly, there is no reason why that should be the case. Local officials often deal with legislation that is far more tangible to every day life. We need a new mindset in the Democratic party where every election is important; they're all significant; and it's fun to participate all the time, not just some of the time. In fact, if Democrats participated more in off year elections, more of what they want to see (like public option, bank regulation, living wage etc.) would be law in more regions of the country.  While Democrats voted by percentage at a decent rate, we didn't get that marginal additional Democratic voter, which is where we really clean up in elections.  We won Colorado by a very comfortable margin in 2012 because we got our marginals out.  Romney got his vote out in CO.  There was more enthusiasm for him there than a lot of other states because of the Mormon connection.  Yet, Obama steamrolled him on election day.  We need to change the culture of the party to make it uncool not to vote.

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    by khyber900 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 05:20:50 PM PDT

    •  The biggest problem was the court rulings which (4+ / 0-)

      prevented the printing and mailing of mail-in ballots.  Had the ballots been used, the vote count would have been much, much higher.

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      by pittie70 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 06:07:03 PM PDT

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      •  In Colorado Springs, much higher. (4+ / 0-)

        That easily could have made up the two percent loss.

        But in Pueblo, with the early voting run as well at it was, a mail-in election would have made only a moderate difference.

        Mail-in ballots could not have made up a 12% margin of loss in Pueblo.

        "Politeness is wasted on the dishonest, who will always take advantage of any well-intended concession." - Barrett Brown

        by 3rdOption on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 06:12:15 PM PDT

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