Low turnout in primary was disappointing

Posted 21 April 2016 at 12:00 am


With all of the discussion/debate regarding the race for the presidency, where were the voters?

With all of the excitement of candidates campaigning in Western New York because this primary year our NY votes were valuable to the candidates vying for delegates, where were the voters?

Overall voter turnout in Orleans County for Tuesday’s Primary was a pitiful 35.2%! That means that of all those residents registered to vote as a Republican or Democrat in the primary, roughly two out of three could not be bothered to get off the couch and head to the polls.


If you could have voted and did not, shame on you! Our veterans have paid a heavy price for the liberty you take for granted. Our children and grandchildren deserve better than your apathy.

Please think about that and make sure that your voice is heard in November at the general election. If you are not a registered voter, become one!

The words of Thomas Jefferson are even more relevant today: “We in America do not have government by the majority-we have government by the majority who participate. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

We, the People, can make a difference! We must exercise our duty to vote. Remember, our elected officials are our employees. THEY WORK FOR US, not the other way around! Be a part of the hiring process and then make sure that you are holding them accountable!

Stand Up! Speak Out! Fight Back!



Mattie Zarpentine
New York Revolution State Coordinator