The Daily Herald’s Jim Davis wrote an opinion piece criticizing the cost of holding township primary elections.
It’s an easy hit on politicians.
Hey. Nobody voted.
So, divide the number of people voting into the cost of the election and the result is a high price per vote.
That, of course, is the fault of the politicians.
After reading his article, I sent Davis this email:
“As the House sponsor of the twp primary bill, I really wonder at your line of logic about abolishing that option in the name of saving money.
“Why not just let the party leaders select who will be on the ballot in November general elections, too?
“Where do you draw the line on encouraging democracy?
“Do you really think a 22-year old, just-graduated-from-college Melissa Sanchez would have been selected by party leaders to be the Republican candidate in McHenry County’s largest township, Algonquin?”I don’t.
“Why should every place but Cook County elect individual precinct committeemen, rather than have precinct captains appointed by the local party boss?
“Waste of space on the ballot, wouldn’t you say?
“Maybe you would say it’s too much democracy.
“I would argue the lack of such local precinct level elections in Chicago has thwarted the chance of minorities to take power in an incremental process, delaying the taking of power from white politicians until the voter majority was overwhelming.
“Dictatorships often save money by never having an election.
“But that’s a cheap shot.
“The real question is where you would draw the line?”
Now, if Davis had suggested cutting down the number of judges from two in the majority party and one in the minority party, I would have supported such an idea.
Maybe next time he will.
And it’s not that I haven’t bemoaned the low voter turnout. Consider what happened in Algonquin Township.
4.6% voter turnout.
I only managed to interest 7.8% of the voters in Algonquin’s 7th precinct to vote in the Republican primary election.
Quite disappointing but not a reason to abolish elections in favor of party caucuses that would have even fewer participants.