Despite what Rick Ruston says, I don’t think that “Anger and apathy simultaneously lost” on election day. Well, at least not apathy.
Let’s take a look at the uncontested District 5 Councilor race.
According to the City’s final election results, 3,069 people voted for William Eddy, the incumbent. Ninety-eight (98) people wrote in a candidate. (Two of the 98 were from my household.) And 2,502 left that part of the ballot blank.
According to the way the city tabulates votes, Eddy received 97% of the vote (3,069 votes out of 3,167 completed). However, he really got 54% of the vote if you count those who left their ballots blank. (3,069 votes out of 5,669 total ballots).
Imagine what would have happened had we gotten a decent challenger in this race. I certainly hope Councilor Eddy does.