The 5th Congressional Primary Election went by with no hiccups, and with a low voter turnout as well. The Special Primary was set up to determine the candidates for the vacated congressional seat left by Chicago's Rahm Emanuel.
The dismal turnout was attributed to "voter fatigue". At least that is what the Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langden Neal likened it to.
I don't live in the 5th District, so i wasn't eligible to vote, but is "voter fatigue" really an excuse, or an explanation? I mean i understand that we just experienced a historic presidential election, but shouldn't that excite citizens to want to vote even more?
I don't know how much i buy this whole "voter fatigue" business. I would rather hear that most people just don't care. The winner of the election did just happen to be the candidate endorsed by both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. It might be more believable that most people figured that with endorsements by the two biggest Dailies in the city that Quigley would get the vote anyway.
Its not over though. The General Election will be held on April 7, 2009 and Quigley will have to win that one too.