What if we gave an election and nobody came out?….no candidates, I mean.
In my town recently it wasn’t quite true that there was no reason to turn out to vote in the annual town election....but, almost.
There was the usual array of official positions on the ballot. The problem is there were no contests for any slot, except one—the hot race was for two seats on the School Committee, with one incumbent and two challengers in the hunt.
Almost every other position had only one candidate, and a couple had no one running for the open seat.
Only 8% of the town’s registered voters turned out. Their services weren’t needed, more or less.
There wasn’t really much to do and doggone little reason to do it.
In effect, the elected officials chose themselves.
You have to admit, this isn’t true democracy in action.
Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015