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Why Did You Vote Tuesday? Or Why Didn't You?

Tell us why you voted—or chose not to—in the primary election that included candidates for U.S. president and legislators, and key state offices.

What was it that kept voters from the polls Tuesday?

The number of registered voters who came out to cast their ballots yesterday hovered at around 20 percent for both Allegheny and Washington counties.

The dry and typically spring weather can't be blamed for the light voter turnout.

So was it apathy? Being disenfranchised with the slate of candidates? Convinced it wasn't worth effort since Romney and Obama were 'going to win' the party nomination anyhow? Not worried about federal and state legislative offices? Unhappy with the tone of politics?

In Allegheny County, which has 888,686 registered voters, a mere 19.34 percent turned out to cast their ballots, according to the county's Division of Elections website. Of those 171,916 voters, 37.26 percent were Republicans, 62.69 were Democrats and .05 percent were nonpartisan voters.

But a higher percentage of registered Republicans turned out to vote compared to registered Democrats. According to unofficial results, 26.37 percent of registered Republicans voted, but only 19.9 percent of Democrats cast their ballots Tuesday.

In 2008, when the last presidential primary was held, voter turnout was 41.51 percent, more than double the percentage voting Tuesday.

Results for Washington County were similar. Only 20.72 percent of the 139,738 registered voters went to the polls yesterday—a mere 28,959 residents, according to the county election office staff.

But the office's website archives show in the last presidential primary, 56,389 of 134,152 registered voters turned out, roughly double the number at 42.03 percent.

Did you vote yesterday? Tell us why you went to the polls in the comments section below.

If you didn't vote, tell us that, too. We're interested in finding out your reasons. And do you plan to vote in November?

Be May 10, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Do the food stamp, union, government employee, entitlement class get the money? Or does the wall street, military industrial complex class get the money. This about 40% of american society. Thus 40%-50% turnout, along with "civic duty" suckers. The only people that vote feel they can get something from government. The only people who "get involved" are getting something, or at least feel they might get something, or feel they might get something taken from them. Government should not be in the business of giving and taking. But, that is exactly what its business is.
Mike Jones May 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Mike... So the solution is multiple parties (I'm talking six or seven). Three parties ain't gonna cut it because independents have a wide range of beliefs and values. Do you think the entrenched players from the two parties would ever let that happen?
*JB* May 10, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Maybe Mr. President's slogan should be "Backward". That is certainly the direction he and his administration have taken our country. Hopefully we will be able to vote in a candidate and an administration with a pro-business agenda and put a stop to the endless regulations imposed on business which affects all of us. Looks like it's time to pull the "R" lever at the polls and create massive job opportunities again. So long Mr. President......
Be May 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
running an independent slate would require doing a handstand inward 4 1/2 in the pike position off the springboard. "party business" doesnt make that possible.
Be May 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM
yes. stay home independents. let the smart folks on the government teet vote. i agree with jon wain. its one or the other.

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