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November 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Midterm elections: There’s no mandate for GOP with such low voter turnout

Those who are saying that the midterm election results are some sort of mandate as to what to do, or not to do, about immigration and affordable health care are ignoring the fact that there was only about a 36 percent turnout of eligible voters [“Obama is being hypocritical,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 22].

Our next Congress will actually be a Congress of the minority that was able to vote. So what is the message? What is the mandate? Probably that a majority of voters don’t give a plug about Congress or what it does.

There was a majority turnout of the eligible electorate that gave President Obama a second term. Maybe they care more about what the president does or doesn’t do. We really won’t know what the majority wants until the next election.

>We can only hope that the conservative minority hasn’t placed even more onerous restrictions on voter eligibility by that time, or else we still won’t know what the people want.

Thomas Munyon, Marysville

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