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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Election Day Highlighted by Most People Not Voting

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge On Election Day, San Francisco turns into a ghost town...
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Today's election has been lambasted as not only the most boring in recent memory, but the most boring June election in many a year.

Fair enough. Today's low turnout is to be expected -- but it doesn't mean it's not embarrassing. More than 80 percent of French voters recently stormed the polls to elect a man nicknamed "Mr. Pudding" due to his blah personality and indecisiveness (and that derisive moniker was applied by the woman who bore his four children).

So, no excuses: We are lazy and therefore deserve what we get. When it comes to exercising our rights, it's Americans -- and, specifically, San Franciscans -- who have surrendered. 

Here are some ugly statistics: As of yesterday, the city's Department of Elections sent out 218,186 vote-by-mail ballots. Only 65,994 were returned -- barely 30 percent. Anecdotally, not many people have bothered to show up in person today, either.

Sadly, a glance at the elections archive reveals this is par for the course.

Another glance at the as-of June 4 vote-by-mail statistics indicates that, whatever registered Peace & Freedom Party voters are doing, they're not voting. Of the 1,203 sent ballots, only 135 have bothered to fill one out and mail it back (11 percent). To wit:

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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