|638 people made the decision for thousands|
It's fascinating, but mostly depressing, that after all the hoopla surrounding the elections — all the debates, the blog posts, the tempers, the campaign signs, the discussion and analysis of all these important issues — that just 14.5% of the registered voters actually made a choice.
In the Granada Sanitary District race — one that will have implications about a possible new parks district, the Big Wave development, water quality, pollution etc. — 3,748 people out of the 4,368 who had the right to vote, chose not do so. In fact, on election day, less than 100 people actually showed up to the polls in that district. (sure makes for a boring day for the poor volunteers.)
The other 3 races fared only slightly better with the MWSD election leading the way with whopping 20% turnout.
How do we interpret that? Is it that most people think things are just fine, so why bother? Is it because people are jaded about politics in general? Is it because they think their vote doesn't really matter? (when in reality 4 votes would have changed the make-up of the GSD board).
My guess is that it is because our sewers, garbage collection, and water delivery all work reasonably well. Get rid of our waste, give us clean water, don't make it cost a lot. Keep the details, we've got work to go to and families to feed. Maybe its hard to blame the no shows.
I don't know how much it costs to hold an election, but boy, those 638 people who cast a ballot sure got their money's worth.