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Voter turnout climbs for primaries but not as much as some people thought

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campaign signsElection campaign signs lay discarded in a pile by the Silver Spring Library. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKTurnout was up, but not as high as some had predicted

While voters here didn’t rush to the polls in record numbers as some had predicted, turnout did increase throughout the County when compared with the 2014 gubernatorial primary. 

However, it was not as high as the 2016 presidential election primary.

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Remember to “Turn out the vote”

FB IMG 1508619290410You might remember my column from a few months back on Oct. 5, entitled “Turning rhetoric into action with results.” It focused on efforts of Democrats at both the county and state levels to more effectively garner grassroots support for Democratic candidates. Consider this column to be a sequel or follow-up to that earlier column.
On the topic of turnout and grassroots fundraising, I attended a precinct organization meeting several weeks ago attended by more than 100 precinct leaders, district liaisons, and area coordinators. The function was hosted by the Montgomery County Democratic Party. During this meeting, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) presented the Montgomery County Democratic Party with a check for $60,000, representing grassroots fundraising at its finest.
As our other Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) often points out, grassroots fundraising primarily accomplishes two things. First, it makes the small donor feel more a part of the campaign process. Second, it causes the candidates to pay closer attention to the issues important to these small grassroots donors.
This is how it should be and this is at the core of how Democrats intend to reverse the current tide in elections at every level as we approach the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential elections. The importance of turning the tide cannot be underscored enough as the effort involves growing the grassroots in individual state legislative districts across the entire country to start taking back state houses as we approach the 2020 census and the accompanying redrawing of Congressional district lines in 2021.

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And now playing the Delaney election card as we head into November

Congressman John Delaney of the 6th Congressional District addressed the Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County on Tuesday, September 20th, and made quite a strong case for the importance of the 2016 election and how much there is to lose if we, the voters, don't become engaged.

In his remarks the Congressman explained the consequences of a large segment of the electorate losing faith in government and interest in the election process resulting in becoming more and more disengaged. According to the Congressman, progress is made when a large segment of society mobilizes for a common cause. Think the civil rights movement. When “the people” become less engaged in government, it widens the door for the special interests to increase their influence in government.

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Primary Elections

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Polling Place Total Democrat Republican Unaffiliated
Seneca Valley High School 42 31 8 3
Clopper Mill Elementary School 69 58 7 4
Captain James Daly Elementary School 36 28 7 1
Fox Chapel Elementary School 33 19 10 4
Great Seneca Creek Elementary 61 44 12 5
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Primary elections

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Polling Place Total Democrat Republican Unaffiliated
Woodlin Elementary School 185 178 4  unknown
Takoma Park Middle School 288 274 3 11

 

 

 

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Primary elections

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Polling Place Total Democrat Republican Unaffiliated
Mill Creek Towne Elementary School 69 46 18 5
Magruder High School 82 64 15 3
Gaithersburg High School 61 50 9 2
Gaithersburg Elementary School 42 31 10 1
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission 41 34 4 3
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