Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

“Every vote matters in every election.” Dr. Catherine Horiuchi

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Dr. Johnson, III: The biggest election is of course is the president, typically. But the midterm elections, not so much, people don’t really pay attention to that, and unfortunately those votes are lost when they don’t cast them. And so I think as a society, we’ve got to do more, to tell people, to encourage people to come out and vote.

Richard Callahan: Local government is where the action is. So if we only focus on the national midterm elections, I think we’re missing a lot of vitality and vibrancy and innovation that’s occurring in local government, city government, in regional governance, in county government, in state government and also in the role that foundations play as catalyst for innovation. So the elections only give us a small snapshot of a small portion of the vitality of the public sector.

Dr. Horiuchi: One of the most interesting things about the midterm election was that one party increased its power in congress so conceptionally that ought to have increased the ability for the congress, the president and the courts to have that separated powers that allow us to put aside any one group’s most passion interest and to find a more middle ground that’s more suited for our public. However we still have a situation where that new majority or even the super majority has not been able to get the traction they thought on some of the issues they thought as more important.

I think really important to the voters is a sense of fairness, that they are fairly taxed, that they are fairly represented that they get their fair share of things. And there’s worries in the population right now that we’re a little bit worried about security. We’re almost always worried about our children and the only thing that really worries me about the voters is when they stop voting. It’s really easy when there’s hundreds of millions of voters to say that your vote doesn’t matter in a national election, but every vote matters in every election. And that’s one of the most important messages we can give to everyone in our circle of friends and family.

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