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Voter unrest not enough to get people to the polls

Jun 12, 2010 9:43:00 PM - latimes.com
Turnout has been in a downward spiral since the 1970s. Some see it as a reaction to nasty campaigns and the deluge of television advertising or the view that it's not worth the time.

The potential for to-the-bastions drama in last week's primary election was hard to miss: A population supposedly enraged at government had the chance to register its vengeance at the ballot box. Republican candidates pressed the notion, vowing to take the country back were they fortunate enough to win the party's nominations after nasty primary contests. With Democrats, too, dismayed at the state's state of affairs, the prospects for a public revolt seemed enticing.

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