Helena newspaper editorial calls voter turnout 'shameful'

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November 11, 2009

Helena, Montana: In an editorial published by the Helena Independent Record, the publication calls the voter turnout in the city ‘shameful.’ The newspaper stated that the city is dependent on it’s government, yet less than half of the registered voters went to the polls to vote.[1]

The editorial states: “…the only troubling aspect about the commission election rests with the level of voter participation.We live in a city that revolves around government and there was a diverse field of qualified candidates, yet only 44.6 percent of the eligible voters bothered to vote. We can't accurately describe the number as "voter turnout," since the process of voting on the mail ballots didn't even require a change from one's pajamas or a trip to a polling place. All it took was a minute or two and a postage stamp."

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