GRANOLAPARK • BY GILBERT
Yeah, there’s hardly anyone to vote for, but if you want your money’s worth, you better vote anyway.
The council, not knowing last spring that there would be no election contests to speak of this fall, chose the most expensive of three voting systems.
This year’s election system system will cost $23,500, around $12.96 per vote. The lowest cost system would have been around $5000 – $2.75 a vote. There was a middle bid – $17,500 – $9.65 per vote. The per-vote figure was based on recent election turn-outs.
Meanwhile, the election is melting down faster than the Fukishima nuclear power plant.
Ward 4 candidate Eric Mendoza – the only challenger in 1 out of 7 council races – dropped out last Thursday. The next day Elizabeth Wallace announced her write-in mayoral candidacy with 4 days to go before the election. She said she couldn’t stand seeing all those blank spaces on the ballots where challengers’ names would go.
So, the ballot contest is moot, and only a doomed symbolic write-in candidate is left for you Don Quixotes out there.
Irony upon irony
Do we have time before polls open tomorrow morning to list all the ironies?
There’s the above-mentioned Trueballot luxury election system the council bought – so we’d have smoother elections with a shorter wait while the ballots are counted.
This is the year the council passed voter reform laws. They gave 16 year olds the vote. They gave felons the vote. They kept voter registration open up to election day. They forced landlords to let candidates campaign in big apartment buildings.
Just in time for the Un-election.
The weirdest thing about this election is that there are no challengers. A lot of voters are furious with some of the current councilmembers, yet no candidates emerged.
Maybe the voters figured having to serve another term was punishment enough for the incumbents.
So, what is a voter to do? Besides staying away from the polls in disgust.
If your council member raises your blood pressure, cast a protest vote. Write somebody or something in. “Gilbert,” perhaps.
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