Turning every which way but out

Some of the folks I follow on Twitter were grousing earlier about sparse turnout at today’s City Council election. And they weren’t kidding: at 5:07 this afternoon I shoved the 207th ballot into the machine. A couple of thousand people live in this precinct; not all of them are of voting age, obviously, but still, that’s not all what anyone — other than the winner, of course — would call wonderful, especially if there had been as much dissatisfaction with the incumbent as I was led to believe. As local auto mogul Jackie Cooper used to say, “Go with the name you know,” and lots of people do. Pols depend on it.

Addendum: From the Gazette’s Ben Felder:

Population of each of the city’s eight wards: around 75,000.


  1. McGehee »

    3 March 2015 · 10:10 pm

    There comes a point at which “throw the bums out” gives way to “don’t vote, it only encourages them.”

  2. CGHill »

    3 March 2015 · 10:33 pm

    And as it turns out, of the three wards which had a race — one member drew no opposition at all — Ward 2 had by far the largest turnout.

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