We Have an Issue: Don’t Forget to Vote on Saturday
A weird election, but an important one, too
Only 13% of eligible voters cast a ballot in early voting for the upcoming May 1 special election. That's actually a robust turnout for a special election, but still pretty piddling numbers. I get it. Post-Trump, maybe there's been a tiny, take-the-foot-off-the-gas feeling when it comes to civic engagement? And this election is undeniably a weird one. It's on a Saturday, for starters. It doesn't have a face to it; these are ideas we're voting on, not politicians. And I for one can never keep straight which proposition is which, including the quirkily worded "Democracy Dollars" one (Prop H) and the one that wants to recriminalize being homeless (Prop B). I did suggest to our News team they might come up with a fun mnemonic, a catchy jingle, to help readers keep all these propositions straight, but funnily enough our news team is pretty busy just reporting the news. I recommend taking a cheat sheet with you to the polls.
But for the love of Pete, please do vote on Saturday. The decisions you make at the ballot box are the plainest way to tell local officials how you want our city to be run.
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