Could CJ Have Cast the Swing Votes in the June Primaries?
Ever think your vote doesn’t count? Think again. Twelve votes was all it took for candidate Sara Love to win the District 16 Democratic State Delegate primary and get her name on the November ballot for the chance to represent us in Annapolis. Plus, the Democratic candidate for County Executive, Marc Elrich, won with just a 77-vote margin.
Of the 1,880 registered Democrats in Cabin John’s precinct, 668 or 36 percent, voted in the June primary. The Cabin John precinct includes all of Cabin John as well as some residents between Wilson Lane and the Cabin John Parkway. CJ voters could definitely have made the difference in those two primary contests.
The most interesting fact about our precinct is that we are shrinking. In 2014, we had more than 3,100 registered voters. In 2018, it’s just under 3,000. CJ voter turnout for the June primaries was low, only 25 percent. As with most of the nation, our precinct logs a higher turnout for the general election and even more during a presidential election. But even for the 2016 presidential race, CJ voter turnout was just 37 percent.
The general election on Nov. 6 includes the race for governor, as well as a U.S. senator and our representative in Congress. In addition, voters will be deciding state officials, our next county executive, and all nine members of the county council, which controls Montgomery County’s $5.6 billion operating budget. They have the most direct impact on our lives when it comes to issues like traffic, schools, jobs, taxes, you name it. Imagine how many more elections we could swing if we all voted. Please come out and vote on Election Day or vote early in person or by mail. See you at the polls!
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 am – 8 pm
Cabin John Election Precinct 07-03
Clara Barton Community Center
Early Voting: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1, 10 am – 8 pm (includes same-day registration)
Closest Early Voting Location: Potomac Community Rec Center, 11315 Falls Rd, Potomac
Absentee Voting by Mail: Request deadline is October 30.
By Pete Couste
Volunteer Election Judge