Why is voter turnout always so low?

Even technology doesn’t help voter turnout in Hoboken

With Hoboken’s population sprouting to over 50,000 residents, you’d think that turnout for a citywide election would at least crack 10,000 voters.

But in this town, we never seem to break that magical 20% barrier (votes cast vs. total population).

Even with multiple communication mediums (newspapers, websites, social networks, robo-calls, tv commercials, Youtube, etc.) and easy Vote by Mail, I estimate this year’s percentage under 16%! And we had one of the most beautiful days of the year, too!

What could be the reasons why so few people care about who’s essentially elected to work for and serve THEM?

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34 Comments on "Why is voter turnout always so low?"

truth1
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truth1

The silent majority who does not vote has to use write-in ballots. The organized efforts of candidates know the power that they possess. It’s not rocket science to apply for a write-in ballot and use the convenience that it provides for ALL. It only costs the price of postage, saves time and also gas if you drive. The ordinary voter can have his/her voice known as well as the so called ‘machine’ generated votes. We all know that the budget is the name of the game. By voting you can have a say in who is representing you. VOTE ❗

Margaret
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Hoboken “spins”on a web of lies,
Many from the Spider,
and some from the flies!

Candidates need to be more fully vetted, and people have to stop
believing in spin and hype. Rubber stamp candidates with no
experience need to stop being available on Boards and Councils.
A cap on spending for lawyers and issues, and some TRUTH from
city hall, which is rare without the spin. People are smarter now so
they stay away from the polls. It gets worse for Primaries, always has. 🙁

Margaret
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What are you doing about the corruption? After a candidate presents him or herself that is the time to investigate and do checks and balances! I vote accordingly! The question asked was why people don’t vote. I do vote! Never have I considered NOT voting, but that day may arrive also, if I find a candidate that cannot do the job, or a rubber stamp
that that is an obvious plant for politics. We have a few of those and I did not and will not support either. Time will cancel them out, and the spin to present them will be forgotten.

That’s politics, and I don’t like it either. I did a lot of work 😐 😐 as Committee woman to secure an honest vote, but who can legislate honesty in people? Education and background checks haven’t altogether worked, and once the hype and spin is out people
believe what they see and hear. It is a shame!

Journey
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Journey
I was shocked in college that my classmates didn’t register to vote, or didn’t vote. I grew up hearing if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain. I grew up believing it was duty and an obligation, part of what you give back for living in democratic republic. I also believe in serving jury duty, I’m strange. If the choice is between Russo and Raia as it was 4 years ago. I voted, I wrote in a name. I would not vote for either of them. I would vote for anyone but Russo. I would vote for the devil, why vote for the lesser of two evils? I don’t trust Russo, and he has not done anything to redeem himself. The only action he could have taken after meeting with Dwek that would have impressed me is if he called up the Attorney General and reported the very suspicious offer he received. He claims he was suspicious and that is why he didn’t take the money, why didn’t he report it to law enforcement?[quote comment=”207023″]What are you doing about the corruption? After a candidate presents him or herself that is the time to investigate and do checks and balances! I vote accordingly! The question asked was why people don’t vote. I do vote! Never have I considered NOT voting, but that day may arrive also, if I find a candidate that cannot do the job, or a rubber stamp that that is an obvious plant for politics.… Read more »
animal_lover
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animal_lover

Journey, I would likie to see the City run by the best of the write in voted. Throw out all the pompous politicking.[quote comment=”207025″]I was shocked in college that my classmates didn’t register to vote, or didn’t vote.I grew up hearing if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain. I grew up believing it was duty and an obligation, part of what you give back for living in democratic republic. I also believe in serving jury duty, I’m strange.If the choice is between Russo and Raia as it was 4 years ago. I voted, I wrote in a name. I would not vote for either of them. I would vote for anyone but Russo. I would vote for the devil, why vote for the lesser of two evils?I don’t trust Russo, and he has not done anything to redeem himself.The only action he could have taken after meeting with Dwek that would have impressed me is if he called up the Attorney General and reported the very suspicious offer he received. He claims he was suspicious and that is why he didn’t take the money, why didn’t he report it to law enforcement?[/quote]

HearditallB4
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HearditallB4

MPO, the voters are tired of robo calls, mailings, slander on both sides of the fence. IA your representative should respond to concerns, most don’t so that is why most people don’t bother. 😛

animal_lover
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animal_lover

I am going to have to go with the fact that the spin stories are so outrageous you’d have to be a political investigator or journalist to get at the real issues.

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