All this talk about how very few people vote in primaries brings us back to the age-old question: Why do some people choose not to vote?
Apathy? Sure, there's that. But even a good number of people who vote in the November elections stay away from the primaries. Why?
University of Vermont political science professor Garrison Nelson (who's wisened by so many of years of experience that I was a student of his 26 years ago) said it's because the parties are doing so much of the candidate winnowing that the Average Voter wonders what's the point.
Or is it because some 40 percent of Vermont voters say they don't see themselves as affiliated with any party? If you pick a ballot at the polls, does that make you feel like you are one of them and that makes your skin crawl?
Or is Tuesday golf day and you just can't fit voting in? Then by November, golfing's pretty much history and skiing hasn't started.
Perhaps anyone reading a political blog doesn't fit into this category, but if you're out there and you're not going to vote, tell us why. You can do it here in the comment area of this blog, or you can leave your words of wisdom in the nifty new comment area at the end of our recent story on the primary, here
Otherwise, get out and vote.
- Terri Hallenbeck