We saw it with the November 2018 general election and we saw it again with the March 5, 2019, special election in six Polk County communities. Turnout matters.
The six communities listed in the chart above will start collecting a one-cent local options sales and service tax on July 1, 2019. The same communities voted on the tax in 2018. In 2018, for the local sales tax option to be accepted by voters, all contiguous communities had to vote yes. That is why some communities had more yes votes than no votes in 2018, but were still voting for the tax in 2019.
This year, each community could say yes and the tax would be accepted by voters. Not only did all the cities seeking the increase this year have more yes votes than last year, the turnout of supporters was far more in 2019 than in 2018. In contrast, the turnout of opponents, in comparison, was flat or slightly down.
As Libertarians look to the November 3, 2020, general election and the goal of regaining political party status in Iowa, we are keeping an eye not only on the number of supporters and registered voters we have, but also the total number of probable votes. We need our presidential candidate in 2020 to gather at least 2% of the total votes. As turnout increases at the polls in support of other candidates, Libertarians will need to also increase turnout of voters for our candidates.
The sales tax vote a few days ago suggests the surge of voters in 2018 was not a one-time turnout. We need your active participation – as a donor, as a volunteer, as a candidate, as a precinct committee person, as a voter – to counter each and every vote for an opponent. Join us at our monthly meetings and monthly issue discussions and help us prepare to win in future elections.