Friday March 2, 2018
Democracy depends on more people getting informed and going to the polls.
Midterm elections will be held this year. Fundraising by the political parties is well underway.
This funding will be used to support candidates and parties in their efforts to campaign and influence the eligible electorate in their favor.
Surveys are continuously made indicating the percentage of the vote that each candidate or party is likely to receive, but not enough attention is paid to the often low percentage of eligible voters who come out to the polls. If more eligible voters were to cast their ballots in each election, the results could be much different. If the winning candidate gained even more votes, he or she might gain a stronger mandate to support the platform declared. Conversely, if significant additional votes went to the opposing candidate, it could reverse the end result.
Democracy only works with a knowledgeable and informed electorate. That should be us, and we should all vote.
John J. Frantz
Editor's note: Frantz is a Reading native.
Better voter turnout would make a difference