Voter turnout is now highly correlated with class. More than 80 percent of Americans with college degrees vote compared with about 40 percent of Americans without high school degrees.
— NYT report, Oct. 3, 2018

To say that Americans ignore mid-term elections is an understatement. In the last mid-term barely a third voted. You must go all the way back to 1914 for a mid-term in which more than 50 percent voted. This mid-term might be different.

The New York Times has an extremely detailed map of the 2016 election which shows the vote in every precinct. It is worth looking at if only to see the challenge facing any Democrat in the 5th.

The only way to meet that challenge is turnout. If you are a Democrat or an Independent, you must turn out and vote.

And you must persuade your family, your friends, your coworkers to show up at the polls on November 6th and vote. They need to vote for Leslie Cockburn and Tim Kaine. It’s a cliche that people say this is the most important election in your lifetime, but this time it’s true. You know it’s true. If you want to be heard, you must vote. And you must speak up.

Louis Harpster