wtf, atlanta?

from fox five atlanta’s story on the atlanta mayoral race:

Election officials estimated voter turnout could be at its lowest in recent memory, with far fewer ballots cast than the 35 percent of registered voters who participated in recent mayoral races.


with crime ascendant, the city in fiscal chaos and three very interesting top tier candidates running, how is it that so few of you could be bothered to go vote.

now i am all about not voting for someone if there is no one on the ballot you can in good conscience support, but show up and write someone in (i do this every two years, when one or another of my friends gets one vote against john lewis.)

i really do want to hear from you city residents who couldn’t be bothered to vote for the next mayor yesterday.


4 Comments so far

  1. peter (unregistered) on November 4th, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    I voted, but I nearly didn’t just based on the totally un-compelling candidates. I really can’t tell one from the other. All they do is utter good-sounding paragraphs on the importance of public safety or the failure of the current city management. I cannot think of any substantive disagreement between the status quo, Norwood, Reed, or Borders.

  2. jamsmooth on November 4th, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    I don’t get it either. I deal with hundreds of people every day at work and only an extremely small percentage of folks were displaying the “I’m a Georgia Voter,” stickers. Now granted that’s far from scientific.

    I guess since there’s been no high-profile murders lately no one has time to vote?

  3. phaedrus (unregistered) on November 6th, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

    i think more people would vote if the voting is held in the weekend. with the economy the way it is..probably people don’t want to spend time on voting.

  4. michael moebes (unregistered) on November 6th, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    I voted weeks ago by mail, so I had no sticker. Not sure why the % is so low…it’s sad.

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