According to a Nov. 11 article in the News Tribune, Duluth’s voter turnout for 2020 was about equal to the last election. The national data showed a marked increase. Even so, only about 67% of eligible voters in the U.S. cast their ballots, compared to about 60% in 2016.

Where was this voter surge everyone was prophesying?

Most of us feel Washington does not work for us; perhaps, then, it’s no wonder so many of us choose to sit out elections. Big money has gained a stranglehold on our politics and our way of life; indeed, the spending only increases each election cycle, with an estimated $14 billion in spending on the 2020 election, as CNBC and others reported. Meanwhile, there seems to be little correlation between public opinion and public policy. This is not a coincidence.

Believe it or not, however, there is something we Duluthians can do about this. If you, like 90% of Americans, believe we should get money out of politics, I urge you to contact the state senator in your district to support Senate Resolution SF1544 and your state representative to support House Resolution HF3184. It is a “resolution applying to Congress for a limited national convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that will restore the balance and integrity of our elections.”

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Brooke Zarn