Almost 40 percent return ballots in Jefferson County
More than 28 percent return ballots in Clallam County
Those are the latest headlines, but the earlier versions had shown a similar split - 19% vs. 14%. And, if history is any guide, that split will hold right down to the end, with Jeff Co. having a higher percentage of their ballots returned than Clallam.
Which brings us to a version of the chicken or the egg question. Does Clallam County have lower turnout because it has lousy candidates, or does Clallam County have lousy candidates because the slackers and creeps that usually run for office know there's low turnout (and thus a lower bar to clear)?
And that question leads to another one. We all know there is a great, great deal of dissatisfaction with the (overall low, low, low) quality of people who get elected in Clallam County and Port Angeles. Citizen, and thus voter, dissatisfaction and distrust is very high, as is, it seems, the desire for change. So you'd think there'd be bigger turnouts during elections...Only, well, there isn't. So how do you achieve any sort of change and turnover without better turnout?
Sure, it's the fundamental building block
of our democracy, but...Whatever.