What If You Threw an Election and No One Showed Up?

Empty voting booths today in Dogtown.
Empty voting booths today in Dogtown.

Mayor Francis Slay may be asking himself that question today. I swung by my voting station -- Roe Elementary School in Dogtown -- around 11:30 this morning. Just 82 people in the precinct had bothered to show up before me.

The polling place was darn near empty during the five minutes I was there. In fact, one election official was so bored he was practicing free-throws in the empty gymnasium.

The only contest on my ballot was the Democratic primary for mayor, with incumbent Slay facing off against Irene Smith and Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman. I can only imagine that wards with aldermanic races will get a better turn out.

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