Alabama election changes nothing

After the special election in Alabama to fill the state's empty seat in the US Senate, there's been a lot of talk about what the result means, what it predicts for the future, who is to blame, and on and on. None of those discussions have pay much attention to the actual numbers that matter.
Almost 3 million registered voters live in Alabama. Yet despite all the attention and hype and televised drama leading up to Election Night, only 1.3 million voters bothered to submit a ballot. Less than half of the folks who could have participated actually did.
Granted, special elections historically have a low turnout, but we didn't learn what a majority of people think or feel about the choice they offered. This was not a referendum on either person or party involved. All we learned was a confirmation of what we've known for a long time – there is no People's Democracy when less than half of the people are willing to take ownership of it.


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