I think it is an absolute disgrace that only 16 percent of actual registered voters turned out to vote on Primary Day. Residents who don’t vote or show any interest in learning about the candidates and what they stand for are usually the people who complain the most about the politicians when they are in office.
On Primary Day and Election Day, how can voters say they do not know whom to vote for? Candidates running for election have spent hundreds of hours campaigning in many ways — speaking and answering questions at local candidates nights, participating in television debates, holding live public telephone conferences — in order to educate voters about their credentials for the city office and what they personally stand for on the subject of education, seniors, taxes, jobs, healthcare, transportation, overdevelopment, safety, etc.
Although we did have an unusually high number of candidates running in the primary for various city offices (especially in the 19th Council District) this year, all the more reason — a bigger need — to become an educated voter.