Tomorrow is election day, and it’s very important that you vote.
Many of us will be voting in the gym of the Poinsettia Recreation Center. Refer to the election material you received in the mail to confirm your polling place. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Why is it important to vote? Because, many of the big problems in Los Angeles have come about because so few people do vote. In off-year elections like this, only 10 to 20% of Angelenos actually get out and vote. Compare that to Seattle, where in the last municipal/state election cycle, 70% of voters turned out. 70 percent!
The result? Los Angeles has poor city services, an unresponsive city government, and a budget in crisis. Meanwhile, cities like Seattle have good services and highly responsive city agencies.
In other words, do you want to know why your street never gets paved, and why you can’t get an answer from government workers about your other concerns? It’s because so few people vote – and demand accountability from our elected and appointed officials. That creates a vacuum that the special interest groups are happy to fill – and so they almost always get whatever they want, at the expense of you and me and everyone else.
If you want to know more about what’s on the ballot, the Los Angeles Times has put together an excellent Voter Resources Guide.
The paper has also listed its endorsements, which seem sensible. You can print out that list to take with you to the polling place, if you wish.
So, vote already!
And if you don’t vote, then don’t complain to us about how Los Angeles is run. Because at that point, you are not part of the solution – you are part of the problem.
UPDATE: Only 12% of registered voters in the City of Los Angeles actually voted. Sad.