Well, folks.. we pretty well hit a new low in voter turnout and interest among the council candidates on Tuesday's primary. Libby Ensley's prediction of a 23% turnout fell ten points short. So now we're down to less than one of every EIGHT voters who cast ballots to reshape the city council. I do offer one reason. Tuesday's primary only served to officially end the campaigns of candidates like Jamie Eldringhoff and Craig Gunther.. who signed up to join filled fields of candidates before they dropped out on the 2nd day of the campaign.
Take District 7.. we already had Lisa Stubbs, Bob Archer and Beth Cooper running for Brett Blackburn's seat. Now they have to run all over again.
So sometime in the future.. can we make it even easier by voting online?
As a registered Topeka voter, you would receive an online voter identification number to enter into the topeka.org website on election day. Click on the mayor's race in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8.. vote, send and you're done. Or take another minute and vote for your council choices in the odd-numbered districts. Ensley's army could check the final vote count through an online vote-counting program, then declare the winners shortly after 7pm. There could be no excuse for a low turnout if you don't even have to leave your home or office.
Do you like my idea.. or just believe it would corrupt the system of selecting members of a council people are already frustrated with? I'd sure like to read your opinions about "clicking on" to improve our city voter turnout. RH