Will the Inclement Weather Determine the Outcome in the 2012 Election Cycle?
Today is Election Day and in many parts of the East Coast the storms continue or residents are attempting to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Will the inclement weather determine the outcome in the 2012 Election Cycle? The east coast has been and continues to be battered by storms. People are struggling with the recovery from the storms. To date, the storms have claimed more than a hundred lives and caused extensive property damage that has left countless persons either homeless or without power for days. In some parts of New Jersey, residents are still struggling to find gas stations with gas. Will these factors serve to suppress voter turnout on Election Day?
In late August of this year, the Weather Channel commissioned a survey to look at the effect of weather on voting. The survey targeted registered voters in the so-called battleground states where the presidential race is considered most competitive – Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
According to the Weather Channel’s poll, more than a third of undecided voters say yes, according to a recent survey that point to the role weather could play in a close presidential election. Among those who plan to vote this year, thirty-five (35) percent of undecided voters say that inclement weather conditions would have a “moderate to significant” impact on whether they make it to the polls on Election Day. The survey also found that more registered Democrats twenty-seven (27) percent indicated that bad weather conditions would impact whether they make it to the polls than registered Republicans which was twenty (20) percent. With that said, could the inclement weather along the East Coast result in Republican victories?
The 2012 Presidential Election is close and Election Day not simply for the Office for the President but also for members of the United States House and United States Senate. The Republicans control the United States House of Representatives. The Democrats control the United States Senate. What is at stake is control of the Office of the President, the United States House of Representatives as well as the United States Senate and most importantly the course of the nation.
As was aptly stated by President Johnson when discussing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”
Each election day, countless eligible voters deprive themselves of their voting right through complacency or apathy. Don’t be among them—exercise your right to vote.