Cast no ballots?

L.A. primary elections, March 3.

Literally 10 minutes ago, as I was leaving  St. Matthew’s Luthern Church after casting my ballot in L.A.’s primary elections, a grateful pollworker yelled, “thank you for voting!” as I hopped onto my bicycle.  I was the last voter of the night, he told me (polls close at 8 p.m., and in typical procrastinator fashion, I didn’t start researching the candidates until late afternoon).

It seemed like this election didn’t get enough publicity, he said; he and other volunteers at the North Hollywood church were expected 1,900 voters to walk through their doors.

Only 85 showed up.  That’s less than five percent of voters registered at that location.

Was it bad publicity, apathy, or voters who simply went to a different polling place?  How could Angelenos not find interest in the mayoral race in which one candidate goes by the nickname “Zuma Dogg” and another, Craig X. Rubin, is a 420-friendly pastor?

2 responses to “Cast no ballots?

  1. I also think it’s pretty sad that so few people voted… I do vote by mail and I was shocked at how many people even asked “We had an election?”. How sad… yet everybody loves to complain about the choices the elected politicians make. In my mind, you don’t have a right to bitch if you don’t vote! love the blog.. gonna add it to my blog roll.

  2. That made me sad as well…At first, I thought he meant 85 people came in the last hour…I’m going to try my best and get people to vote in the May election!

    And I’m adding you to mine too 🙂