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Plenty of reasons not to vote today, but doing so still worth your time



Today is election day in Wisconsin. As we discussed yesterday, it isn’t a crowded ballot, with the presidential nominations already decided. As a result turnout for today’s spring primary is expected to be, well, pathetic. Only about 20% of registered voters are expected to head to the polls today. There are many reasons people won’t be casting ballots in this election. There are no statewide races on today’s ballot, which tends to lessen turnout. Perhaps you didn’t realize the election was today. Maybe you’re busy and don’ t think you’ll have time. Maybe you don’t feel you know enough about the candidates to make an informed decision. But even though the election is today, there is still time to vote. Even if you’re not registered to vote, Wisconsin is among the states that allows you to do so at your polling place on election day. Casting a ballot really only takes a few minutes, and your employer is required to provide the time for you to vote. And there is still time to research the candidates, make a decision, and cast a ballot today. Otherwise you are letting 20% of the population decide the future of our democracy.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. sean

    April 2, 2024 at 7:35 am

    what is it with you people and your virtue signaling “democracy” you pick words and use them wrong so many times you start to shape young minds into your communist ways.

  2. nick

    April 2, 2024 at 7:38 am

    The school board race is important and deserves a large turn out.
    As for the President, we have a very sad state of affairs in that both are proven liars.
    It is also very sad that the Democratic Party has resorted to giving millions to support right wing Republicans since they believe and in some cases defeating them in the general election.
    The media of course is silent.
    A threat to democracy

  3. William J Feehan

    April 2, 2024 at 8:39 am

    I predict that turnout today will top 40% of registered voters.

    • Bob N.

      April 2, 2024 at 11:58 am

      You’re optimistic. It’s a Democrat’s dream. Snow storm on election day. They all vote early.

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