Volume 16, Number 2
As the Gazette editor, I challenge every reader to care enough about this town to vote on Nov. 7 when we will elect a mayor and two commissioners to the five-member board of commissioners. The mayor, who votes only in case of a tie, is the sixth member of the town board.
In recent town elections, it had been estimated that only 11 to 13 percent of voters bothered to go to the polls. The real numbers are lower. In 2015 1,598 of the 22,644 registered voters actually voted, 7 percent! That means, despite the protestations of loving the town and the small-town charm, only 1,598 people voted to keep that small-town charm. The rest, I guess, trusted their neighbors’ judgment. I don’t. That’s why I vote.
There are 26,463 voters inside the town limits out of a pretty accurate estimate of 41,157 residents. Could we get 25 percent of those voters, 10,289 people, to the polls? I think that would be somewhat short of miraculous but well above outstanding.
But, from experience and a definitely cynical viewpoint, I will bet we might strain to reach 10 percent. Why don’t you prove me wrong?