Mitt Romney Wins New York (Duh); Pointless Primary Cost State $20 Million


Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the New York Republican primary last night — as polling places across the state resembled Scoobie-Doo ghost towns, including an Upstate town where only 47 of 1,100 eligible voters actually went to the polls.

Yesterday’s primary, as we mentioned in prior posts, was a complete waste of time — as Romney’s had the nomination in the bag for weeks. Holding a pointless primary wouldn’t be the end of the world — if it didn’t cost the state an estimated $20 million.

Yesterday, we caught some heat for suggesting that voting in New York’s GOP primary was a complete waste of time — which it was.

We understand the importance of civic duty, “making your voice heard,” and all the other sound bytes associated with voting. But Romney’s had the nomination locked up since former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum pulled the plug on his campaign earlier this month (and probably even before that). As we mentioned, the primary was pointless — especially in New York, where experts predicted Romney would win in a landslide even before Santorum called it quits.

With the cost of the primary at $20 million, officials estimate that if 10-percent of eligible voters actually voted, it cost the state $20 per vote — and voter turnout yesterday was much less than 10 percent (most estimates have it at about 4-percent statewide). 

Some say “voter fatigue” is to blame for the low turnout, and with a (pricey) Congressional primary right around the corner in June, it would make sense to consolidate primary days. No argument here  – at least the votes cast would actually have an impact…on something.

Yesterday, we said voting in New York’s GOP presidential primary is a waste of time — which it was. Turns out it was a (huge) waste of money, too.

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