When you take a look at how Topeka chooses its leaders on the council.. two questions come to mind..
Why is our city voter turnout only about 16%?? Why don't we have Topeka elections in August and November with everything else??
That second question is one I'd love to hear your answer about. Doesn't Topeka wants its council and mayor chosen with something akin to that 70% voter turnout we had last fall in the Presidential race? Or not?
Having elections in the spring away from all the action could be one reason our turnout is down to less than one of every five voters. Less than one of every FIVE? Is that what Topekans really want?
I'll tell you what WIBW would like to see. We have bent over backwards to give airtime to the city council candidates, both on our 4:00 news interviews, and on wibw.com. We even devoted an hour on both our channels last week to the 5 candidates in the mayor's race. We want to help raise the turnout number through our coverage, if we can.
Please vote Tuesday in the Topeka primary. Then watch those votes roll in tonight. Depending on the turnout, then the outcome.. March 3rd could be first opportunity for Topekans to stop complaining about their city government, and start watching for results.
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