Singing those post-special election blues

May 20, 2009

Well, the numbers are in, and it looks like hardly anybody showed up to the polls yesterday for our state special election.

Assuming that most people voted on all six propositions, there were hardly 110,000 people who voted.

There are over 750,000 people living in Ventura County. Barring mail-in ballots, that adds up to only 15 percent of residents who left their houses Tuesday to cast their votes.

For the record, Propositions 1A-1E, aimed at reforming the budget through rainy day funds, lottery modernization, and redirecting of funds from mental health and children’s services, all failed.

Only Prop. 1F was the no-brainer. The ballot measure which asked to deny public office holders raises in pay when the budget is in fiscal flux, won with voters.

It’s been talked about ad finitum that the people who did get out to vote weren’t that well informed about the issues because apathy got in the way. But it could be that some people decided to sit this one out because the propositions have been criticized as useless ways of achieving no balance in our $42 billion budget deficit. Why vote on something that won’t make that much of a difference?

I don’t know. I always thought what mattered wasn’t the outcome of the vote, or how you voted … but why.

Please write in … why did/didn’t you vote yesterday?


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