Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Sorry, but my blood pressure doesn't boil at the notion of low voter turnout.
It's not enough to simply have more voters. My wish is that more voters that are informed and have done their homework and educated themselves on the issues and candidates would go to the polls.
My conviction on this issue has been strengthened by a recent column by Kelly Mahoney and Rachel Zahorsky. If what they claim is true, that the 20-somethings find voting to be difficult, then our country is in a world of hurt.
The columnists say eligible voters in their 20's:
1) Aren't sure how to get a ballot in the first place.
2) Can't find news resources they trust.
3) Are confused by absentee ballots.
4) Lack faith in the election system.
All of the above account for these young voters turning into no-shows on Election Day.
Here's an unbelievable excerpt from the column:
Rhett Skelton, a 25-year-old Arlington, Va., voter originally from Houston, said the difficulty of finding out about the logistics of voting and the issues at stake are deterrents for younger voters."Since it's only one day, most people don't know about which day it is," Skelton said.
They don't know what day Election Day is???????
Here's another incredulous portion of the column:
In Michigan, college students are required to register in the same district as their permanent address."This law really disenfranchises college students in the state," said Brandon Hynes, 20, of Canton, Mich., president of College Democrats of Michigan. "If you live on the east side of the state, in November weather could be bad, making it really difficult to vote."
That's right. You can't just plop your lazy butt down at a computer and e-mail your vote.
It might be cold???
Funny how all those senior citizens find a way to the polls.
If this is how some of the younger crowd feels, all the more reason to be happy with a low voter turnout.
Here's the entire column by Kelly Mahoney and Rachel Zahorsky.