Primary Election Day News Flash: There are 51,996 registered voters in New Bedford, MA, a city of about 93,000 residents.

When all the votes were collected and counted in the 36 precincts, Thursday, here's what I found:

Ballots Cast - 7, 786

Democratic Ballots Cast - 6,919 or 88.86%

Republican Ballots Cast - 858 or 11.02%

Green-Rainbow Ballots Cast - 9 or .12%

Total Election Day Voter Turnout - 14.97% ... 14.97%!!!!!

Moral: As former President Bill Clinton might say - "It's Arithmetic!" American Idol voting is more popular than electing our public servants. But, it just doesn't add up, does it?