The Trustees Waterfront Ambassadors is a group of youth who did Summer work in East Boston. Listen to them to learn what they learned:
16.5% is not an A
16.5% is not a B
16.5% is not a C
16.5% is not a D
16.5% is not even a respectable F
It’s an F-. And We Bostonians should be ashamed of it.
What a dismal turnout for a municipal election! 16.5%?! Is democracy slowly dying? Are the people in power actually more comfortable with a smaller engaged population? Isn’t their work less that way? Can we claim “Bostonians have spoken” when 83.5% of the registered voters didn’t vote? Is increasing voter turnout even on anyone’s agenda? Not sure it is — so where is this trend going? Are fewer and fewer people going to decide who and how all of us are governed?
|If people don’t want to vote, you can’t force them.||Why don’t they? Also, is everyone who wants to vote voting?|
|Candidates are not exciting.||You’re not going to date them.|
|Campaigns don’t bother to reach out to all people.||Did you bother to reach out to the candidates? It is a democracy.|
|Results are already known. Nothing changes anyway.||As long as you have that attitude, yes.|