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Tell Us Why People Don't Vote in Local Elections

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They say all politics is local, but when it comes to voter turnout in local elections, the figures often suggest a large amount of apathy among the public.

In the 2011, fewer than 25 percent of registered voters cast ballots to elect two people to the Smithtown Town Board. 

That begs the question, why are people not voting in local elections? Our new open blog, The Soapbox - Smithtown Gov't hopes to be the place where locals can debate these kids of issues in town.

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Cathy October 16, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I think people are not getting the information they need in a simple concise form. Look at the library budget election. 1006 people voted yes and 577 voted no. I think that is a seriously low turnout. Everyone bitches about the taxes but no one does anything about it. I am going to put some serious thought into the local elections and i hope others do to.
Ryan Bonner (Editor) October 16, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Hi Cathy, Thanks for sharing. Free free to post your thoughts on the topic or any other government topic directly onto the Soapbox blog by clicking the links in the story above.
Bill Ex October 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I think the media needs to do a better job of informing the public of upcoming hearings and votes. All too often I hear people say they didn't know about the vote until after it happened. I hope that's different with the upcoming vote for the St James Fire District bond vote scheduled for 10/22. This bond if it passes will put St James near the top of all districts in Suffolk in regards to the amount of taxes paid for fire protection. People need to be better informed and the media needs to do their part.

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