As pointed out by the blog X Beyond X, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson hasn’t really taken much of an interest in exercising his right to vote during his adult life.
Over the past 10 years, there have been 16 general (Spring and Fall) elections in Wisconsin. According to online voting records available through the Government Accountability Board, Johnson has bothered to vote in only half of these elections (if you would like to look up the records yourself, Johnson’s date of birth is April 8, 1955 and the records use his full first name of Ronald).
Even in high profile and contentious races Johnson wasted a right that countless American soldiers have died for. Records indicate that in 2002, Johnson skipped the heated governor’s race where Governor Jim Doyle unseated incumbent Scott McCallum.
According to the Voter Public Access website, voting data prior to 2006 may be incomplete, but even if we put aside Ron Johnson’s voting record, there’s one irrefutable fact that can’t be overlooked:
Ron Johnson didn’t register to vote until 1994, when he was 39 years old.
I get that Ron Johnson’s supposed to be a political neophyte, but it’s more than a little bothersome that Ron Johnson was so politically disinterested and apathetic that he couldn’t be bothered to register to vote until he was 39 years old, yet just 16 years later (and with only a handful of instances of Johnson actually exercising his right to vote) Johnson feels he’s ready to jump into the fray as Wisconsin’s next United States Senator.
If you’re curious, you can go check out Ron Johnson’s voting history for yourself.
Ed. Note: For what it’s worth, it’s been pointed out by a number of commenters that in addition to their voting records being wrong (I noted in the original text of this post that the voter information website may have inaccuracies in that respect), the date listed as their date of registration to vote was also wrong. This entry was written based on my own experience that my voter registration dates were correct, so I wrongly assumed the voter registration information would be accurate, even if the voting dates were not.