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(LA Times)   Only 19% of voters cast ballots for the new Mayor of Los Angeles. Apparently Dodger fans aren't the only ones who show up in the third inning and leave by the sixth   (latimes.com) divider line 32
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2013-05-24 07:26:45 AM
Your Take: Did you vote for Eric Garcetti? 1,447 votes

What the hell is the point of that?
 
2013-05-24 07:28:37 AM
...and we wonder why idiots win elections.
 
2013-05-24 07:37:48 AM
Your vote counts!

Nah, not really.
 
2013-05-24 07:43:13 AM
It doesn't matter, Garcetti becomes the governor of California at the end of The Wire anyway.
 
2013-05-24 07:47:29 AM

sendtodave: Your vote counts!

Nah, not really.


It counts more than usual in low turnout elections.
 
2013-05-24 08:25:16 AM
This has always frustrated me.  People tend to be much more motivated to vote on a federal level, less so at the state level, and when it comes to the local level most couldn't give a flying fark.  Guess which level of government has more ability to inflict annoyances and frustrations upon the ongoing functions of your day-to-day life?
 
2013-05-24 08:33:12 AM
Sad--LA is such a pit too, and it has so many problem that Villaragosa simply never addressed. Righty or lefty, he was a pretty terrible mayor. Garcetti is basically one of his guys.
 
2013-05-24 09:21:08 AM
Only 19% of voters cast ballots for the new Mayor of Los Angeles.

Troll headline is a troll headline.  If only 19% of the voting population votes, he still wins when he gets 54% of the total votes, guy.
 
2013-05-24 10:52:10 AM

Epoch_Zero: If only 19% of the voting population votes, he still wins when he gets 54% of the total votes, guy.


That's not the point. Low voter turnout.
 
2013-05-24 11:08:48 AM
Compared to other western countries, turnout for elections at all levels is always low. Heaven forbid we do something like hold elections over several days that include the weekend, allow anyone to do absentee mailing, etc.
 
2013-05-24 11:19:38 AM
It's a cityscape where folks can go their entire life living just a handful of blocks from the ocean and never see it because it would mean crossing into a rival territory.  Somehow, I don't think they'll go and vote.
 
2013-05-24 11:35:45 AM
That's why May and other off cycle elections are stupid.
 
2013-05-24 11:39:43 AM
Actually, Subby, only 54% of the 19% of registered voters cast ballots for the new mayor. The rest cast ballots for someone else.
 
2013-05-24 11:42:51 AM
this just strikes me as incredibly sad. how can 80% of the population not be bothered to vote?
 
2013-05-24 11:53:20 AM

THX 1138: This has always frustrated me.  People tend to be much more motivated to vote on a federal level, less so at the state level, and when it comes to the local level most couldn't give a flying fark.  Guess which level of government has more ability to inflict annoyances and frustrations upon the ongoing functions of your day-to-day life?


Thanks Obama.
 
2013-05-24 12:12:49 PM
What's the big deal? It's not like LA has a budget and economy larger than many states is it? How important could the Mayor's race be?

People don't give a damn who's running the show locally but they have time to take to the streets to scream and wave signs about the IRS doing its motherfarking job.
 
2013-05-24 12:35:21 PM

Curious: this just strikes me as incredibly sad. how can 80% of the population not be bothered to vote?


Seriously? Have you ever been to LA? 2 crackers running for a figurehead position is not going to inspire most of LA to show up. They had no one to vote against.
 
2013-05-24 12:53:26 PM

studs up: Have you ever been to LA?


not in many years. i just wish folks would actually care about politics enough to vote. pissing and moaning about how bad X is or why Y is the worst thing evar and then not voting .... stupid.
 
2013-05-24 01:06:27 PM

Curious: studs up: Have you ever been to LA?

not in many years. i just wish folks would actually care about politics enough to vote. pissing and moaning about how bad X is or why Y is the worst thing evar and then not voting .... stupid.


The two candidates had 95% identical positions, both came up through the city council, and were running for probably the weakest large city mayor in the country. It's not that surprising really.
 
2013-05-24 02:01:27 PM

DrewCurtisJr: Epoch_Zero: If only 19% of the voting population votes, he still wins when he gets 54% of the total votes, guy.

That's not the point. Low voter turnout.


Yeah, this.  I was kind of glad voter turnout in Pittsburgh for our Mayoral primary were only 18%, mine and my friends vote for Peduto were worth more.  And he won quite handily.

Mostly because of me clearly.
 
2013-05-24 03:07:50 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: It's a cityscape where folks can go their entire life living just a handful of blocks from the ocean and never see it because it would mean crossing into a rival territory.  Somehow, I don't think they'll go and vote.


Let me guess, you watch a lot of movies.
 
2013-05-24 03:09:06 PM

Lunchlady: The two candidates had 95% identical positions, both came up through the city council, and were running for probably the weakest large city mayor in the country. It's not that surprising really.


This.
 
2013-05-24 04:17:56 PM
Curious * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-05-24 11:42:51 AM this just strikes me as incredibly sad. how can 80% of the population not be bothered to vote?
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As with the president, when your only choices are two bowls of shiat... it's hard to motivate oneself to vote.

/I vote, but I don't enjoy it.
 
2013-05-24 05:31:17 PM

jake3988: /I vote, but I don't enjoy it.


that's me too. there are times it's great to exercise your right to vote but as you say all too often it's tweedledum vs tweedledee.
 
2013-05-24 05:56:51 PM

Curious: this just strikes me as incredibly sad. how can 80% of the population not be bothered to vote?


Isn't legal citizenship required to vote?
 
2013-05-24 06:57:28 PM









We clean your toilets!!!!









/I'm gonna miss ol' Mayor Tony Villar.

//Luckily I don't live L.A.
 
2013-05-24 06:58:09 PM

ohdoublereally: Curious: this just strikes me as incredibly sad. how can 80% of the population not be bothered to vote?

Isn't legal citizenship required to vote?


Some cities are doing away with that.
 
2013-05-24 07:41:11 PM
Not much point in voting when the choice comes down to Big Union Thrall vs Slightly Less Big Union Thrall. The city is broke and public employees are due for a 5.5% pay raise in 8 months, bringing their total to 25% over 5 years. Neither candidate said they were going to make any attempt to stop it. If they can't even do that much, it doesn't much matter who wins.
 
2013-05-24 08:17:42 PM

thornhill: Compared to other western countries, turnout for elections at all levels is always low. Heaven forbid we do something like hold elections over several days that include the weekend, allow anyone to do absentee mailing, etc.


I can't believe places still require you to go in a physical voting booth..
 
2013-05-24 09:25:58 PM
Toronto's Mayor McCrack was voted in during an election with 53% turnout. Sad that this could be thought of as "high".
 
2013-05-24 10:22:06 PM
Did anyone mention if Garcetti is Jewish? I heard a rumour he is.
 
2013-05-25 03:11:34 AM

Kevin72: Did anyone mention if Garcetti is Jewish? I heard a rumour he is.


yes.

LA voter here. i voted for garcetti because gruel's campaign was entirely negative until the last couple of days, where she trotted out bill clinton in a television commercial.

much more important/interesting were the ballot measures dealing with medical marijuana dispensaries.
 
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