Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Does Steve Beshear have a Mandate?

The total number of registered voters in Kentucky is 2,944,603 according to the Voter Registration Statistics Report. Steve Beshear received 464,657 votes yesterday according the unofficial tally. If you divide 464,657 by 2,944,603, you get 15.78%.

Can you have a mandate if you received the votes of only 15.78% of the registered voters in your state?

Just askin'.

6 comments:

Andrew Walker said...

I completely agree.

His self-deception and incredulity are profound. The man has done nothing to lead. If there's a mandate, it's a mandate on the impotent and blithe commitment to a Democratic party that no longer stands for what 80% of Kentucky Democrats actually believe it stands for.

The electorate deserves what it elects. If the electorate demands abortion, mismanagement, relativism, and redistribution, so it shall have.

Steve Manning said...

It is a sad commentary on the degree of apathy in our Commonwealth when so few can elect our Governor and other statewide officers! We are better than this! Beshear clearly has no mandate!

One Brow said...

That depends. What percentage did his opponent get, and what reasons do you have to think the results differ from the general populace. If Beshear won 55% of the vote, and that is reflective of the population, then he has a mandate.

Third Party Kentucky said...

Yesterday's pathetic 28 percent voter turnout is proof that the two-party system is not working in Kentucky. If you're one of the people who exercised your civic duty yesterday, good for you! But if you're among the great multitude who said, "Why bother?" we can certainly understand your sentiment. Choosing between two barely distinguishable options, who are interested only in furthering their own power, is not democracy! If you agree, please go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Third-Party-Kentucky/284881704877496 and join us in the battle to end the duopoly that is strangling Kentucky politics.

Art said...

Yesterday's pathetic 28 percent voter turnout is proof that the two-party system is not working in Kentucky.

Does anyone know what the typical turnout is for your run-of-the-mill Fayette County election? Say, a mayoral race? Does a non-partisan race lead to greater turnouts?

KyCobb said...

I don't know what he would have a mandate to do, because I don't recall him saying he would do anything.