Latest numbers posted for election night – attendance still falls miserably short

15 Nov

Look here – 

http://clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/elections/archives/eln31/update-2.pdf

and then compare here –

http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/bt/city.html

Voter turnout was in the dirt last week, look at the numbers. In 2012 we had eleven candidates for four city council seats – the top vote getter got over 15,000 votes. Last week we only had seven candidates running for three positions, Andrew Coolidge winning with just over 11,000. I wonder if he’s asking himself this morning – what happened to 50 people who voted for him in 2012 but didn’t vote for him last week?

Almost 1,000 people left the city council portion of their ballot blank, while almost 4,000 “undervoted,” choosing less than the three requested.

Here, compare with Election 2010 – Sorensen got roughly 3,000 more votes in that race, and there were two more candidates running in that race.

http://clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/elections/archives/eln22/22_official_results.html

Voter turnout was definitely down folks, and we have to wonder why. I blame the choices – look how many people only voted for two, when both parties ran a slate. Meaning, they voted for part of a slate,  but couldn’t stomach the whole team?  This does not bode well – our council and our town are divided, but not evenly. The conservatives have the power, and they are backing the police department, because the police department put up the money to get them in there. When the cop contracts come up later in December we will take more steps down the Road to Perdition. In 2016 a frenzied council will place a tax measure on the ballot, let’s see what they decide to flop out.

I’ll be making signs, let me know if you want one.  

 

 

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4 Responses to “Latest numbers posted for election night – attendance still falls miserably short”

  1. Bob H November 15, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    22,969 ballots cast in 2010
    21,251 ballots cast in 2014

    Big deal.

    • Bob H November 15, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      20160 ballots cast in 2006

    • Juanita Sumner November 19, 2014 at 5:59 am #

      I have to ask you how far you intend to take a conversation starting it with “Big deal”. A retired UC professor, I should think you could find better things to do Mr. Holland than stalk me, but I realize, you have a pension at stake.

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