On Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, a Republican runoff race occurred in Alabama.
On the one side was the Senate GOP and President Trump candidate, Sen. Luther Strange, and the other, the twice-suspended, controversial ultraconservative Judge Roy Moore, who won the race by 10 percentage points.
This was no surprise. The alt-right forces are the most powerful when there is a small turnout, and usually in special elections. This is not uncommon, even in Kansas.
During Moore’s campaign, he championed his "mantra" of a theocracy-based government and flouted his suspensions from the Court to be something of which to be proud.
After being twice suspended from the Court for misconduct, Moore dutifully resigned from the Court rather than face the general Alabama electorate.
One only has to go behind the headline of the results of the special election to see why the alt-right candidate won handily. Turnout.
From the Alabama Secretary of State: Total ballots cast: 451,161; total registered voters: 3,134,166; voter turnout: 14.39 percent.
When we have such complacency in America, we are likely to be governed by the very vocal minority. Such is the case in Garden City. We have elections on Nov. 7. These are important local elections for the City Commission, USD 457 Board of Education and Garden City Community College Board of Trustees.
The people so elected are the people’s voices on those governing bodies.
Elections have consequences, and the best form of government is one reflective of a majority of the voters.
I am a proponent of whatever it takes to create turnout. The alt-right, including Kris Kobach, seek to avoid providing methods to enhance voter turnout.
Voting should not be discouraged. To suppress voter turnout is a victory for this power-hungry class of people.
We cannot be governed by the 15 percent of the electorate who conscientiously vote.
That’s what happened recently in Alabama. It should not occur in Garden City.
Schultz is a past president of the Finney County Bar, a member of the 25th Judicial Nominating Commission, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Southwest Kansas Bar Association and has practiced law in Garden City since 1984.