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Response to akbacchus_BC (Original post)

Sun Apr 3, 2016, 04:35 AM

2. The pitches are aimed at who is more likely to turn out.

If someone is working the two or three jobs, they "don't have time" to go vote. They also probably don't have a car to conveniently take them to the polls.

I was lucky when I was a grad student because I lived five blocks from the polling place. Later on, starting working before becoming car-owned, the connector bus at the subway went right by the place.

In the DC area, getting from point A to B can be very challenging without a car. Even in the areas that take pride in their bus routes, it's usually two bus rides (or subway plus bus) to get from, let's say work, to the polling place (often a school), and then one is faced with getting home after rush-hour service has often quit. The alternative is walking to the school/etc in time for polls to open, then somehow make it to work on time.

((In Virginia, one can apply for an absentee ballot, but that takes time and effort.))

Thus the propensity of many candidates to focus on the car-owned and their fears, such as "Will me or my kids ever be able to afford college?".

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