Topeka's City Council has taken on a new look for the next two years. Karen Hiller, Larry Wolgast and Robert Archer came on board last night, with return engagements for Sylvia Ortiz and Richard Harmon (Harmon is the only attorney on the council now, and was chosen as deputy mayor.) All this with a 23.3% voter turnout. Still less than one out of four voters participated in a process that really does not take up much of their time, and has a profound impact on their district and the whole city of Topeka.
So what's keeping voters away from the voting booths? I have some ideas to toss by you.
Topekans who don't vote are concerned they'll be called in for jury duty when they really need to keep their paychecks coming in.
They may also think that, other than zoning property, the council doesn't do very much that affects them.
They can't believe that council members sit behind that table for hours talking about all this stuff.
Are we on the right track? Share your thoughts with us about why we still can't hit a 25% turnout for Topeka. Ralph