In the USA, why do we voters keep electing incumbents over, and over, and over, and over again?
The Chicago Tribune Voice of the People article titled, Is this the Illinois voters want?, applies to ever State, and is the main reason why we voter’s get what we get from politicians.
“ In several outings as an election judge, I was appalled by the low voter turnout in the precincts in which I worked — especially for primary elections (where only 19 percent of eligible voters came out to the polls during the last off-year primary in 2014).”
“The process for change begins with primary elections. Please vote! “
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:6–11, ESV).
What’s My Point?
Regardless of how many signatures are gathered for term limits, the issue will never be voted to be approved on an election ballot by incumbents in Illinois and most other States,
Incumbents will state that every election gives voters a choice who they want to retain in office.
However, they know the key or root cause why voters keep voting fot the the same people is tied into the low voter turnouts in primary elections.
Why, because the people elected in the primary elections will be the only candidates on the general elections, mainly the same people chosen by political parties to run in a primary election.
And…………savvy incumbent politicians will “load” the odds of winning primary elections by behind the scenes asking shill candidates to run in the primaries against them. This will increase the odds in their favor in low turnout primary elections.
How, it is easy to do when each incumbent has numerous employees he is responsible for selecting them for government jobs, contracts, etc. The result is every family member, friend, will support the incumbent candidate and vote in a primary. This serves to increase the odds of the incumbent to win in low turnout primary elections.
In My Opinion, Who to Blame?
We voters are the Sluggards when we do not vote or show any interest in supporting a primary election candidate.
We all need to become like ants in the primary elections instead of sluggards.
In the very least, if a candidate knocks on your door, spend a few moments listening. Keep your door open instead of using the door hinges in the same way of a Sluggard. HERE.
Then do this, don’t vote for any incumbent you don’t what in office to represent you for whatever reason you have in mind.
Will you vote or support any candidate in this years Primary Elections.
If you are a supporter of term limits, should you do what the incumbents advise you to do. Vote them out in the Primaries because whoever wins in the Primaries will be the only candidate in the General Elections.
Regards and goodwill blogging.