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9th May 2007

Tyngsboro pitiful election turnout: 11.5%

posted in Local Politics |

Earlier today, I complained about how Dracut had less than 25% of its voters participate in Monday’s election (see post below), but apparently folks in Tyngsboro were willing to settle for even less. Leadership decisions for the town were made by a mere 11.5% of those registered to vote in yesterday’s election—that doesn’t include the many people who are eligible but don’t bother to register. Most likely the pitiful turnout was because it was an uncontested race for many of the incumbents (that in itself is a problem) and there were no referendum questions. Whatever the reasons, the extremely low turnout further supports my fear that democracy is doomed if we can’t shake the apathy of our citizens and get more people to “check back in” as Governor Patrick says.

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