Summer and homework don’t go together very well, so we must wonder how many voters will respond to the Council for A Better Louisiana’s suggestion that the state’s residents begin studying the issues for the fall election.
“Here in the dog days of summer, it certainly doesn’t feel like we’re on the cusp of a big election year, and maybe we’re not,” CABL noted in a recent commentary. “At least not as big as some of the state elections we have had the last couple of times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not significant.”
CABL, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that studies state issues, acknowledged the low-key atmosphere leading up to this fall’s statewide elections, but added a caveat:
“True, the governor and a number of other statewide elected officials don’t seem to have much in the way of opposition, but at this point there are still almost 30 open seats in the Legislature because of term limits and members choosing not to seek re-election. Plus, a number of incumbents likely will face serious challengers.”
Races for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education also are worth following, CABL noted. “With (education) reform votes on BESE already extremely close, change in one or two seats could tilt the board in a direction we may not want to go,” CABL said.
“This quiet time before the elections is an opportunity for voters to begin to do their homework before the election blitz gets under way,” CABL added.
We doubt that many voters will be focusing on the fall elections this summer, but we hope voters eventually will tune in and give these races some thought.
Progress requires serious political candidates, but it requires voters who are serious about their duties, too.