Each election we try to put things in perspective when it comes to the voting numbers game with the typical GUARDIAN SLANT.
Boise incumbents retained their seats with only 11-15% of the possible votes. Just divide the number of votes by the 108,000 registered voters and you start to see the picture.
Top vote getter Ben Quintana’s 15,261 votes amounted to 14%. Maryanne Jordan’s 14,092 was worth 13%. TJ Thomson garnered only 11% of the possible vote with 12,127. This boils down to the entire population of Boise being represented by councilors who failed to get between 86 and 89% approval–either by votes against them or people choosing not to vote. These 108,000 citizens are people who have voted recently enough to maintain their registered voter status.
To be fair to the councilors, three quarters of the citizens simply didn’t care enough about their community to go to the polls.
This election saw a turnout of 23% of the 108,000 registered voters–which is actually better than some races. That means 77% of the people who call themselves citizens and have voted in past elections DID NOT VOTE!
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