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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

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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