As much as we talk about voter anger and frustration, I’m wondering how much of that will actually manifest itself on Election Day?
I base this question on a couple bits of data. First, for all the talk about voter anger the number of people voting absentee in the 2010 midterm elections hasn’t really changed all that much from the 2006 midterm elections. According to the Associated Press, mail-in ballots are either at or below what they were four years ago.
In addition, the poll done by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics shows a third of people who identify themselves as tea party members are supporting former Senator and Ambassador Dan Coats.
But really did it for me was an e-mail I received from the Indianapolis Tea Party with a statement that they do not endorse candidates, but instead do voter education. That’s all fine and good, but there is something to be said about a political organization endorsing a candidate.
Each of these actions lead me to think that for all the talk of anger and outrage, Hoosiers may slip back into their old patterns and not really make much change at all. We’ll see.
The Indiana primary is Tuesday, May 4th.