As someone who loves politics, especially on the local level, I feel that I’m going to be disappointed with the turnout of the election being held today, May 21, 2013. I was a resident of the city for 3 years, and I voted while I resided there, whether it was for the presidential or municipal level. I knew that voters in my age group (18-21) were horribly underrepresented on the city level (and it turns out that although there was the highest turnout from UCLA for the presidential election in 2008, turnout from those living on “The Hill” was less than 1%). I was extremely embarrassed to be part of a school that exemplified the highest virtues of academics, professionalism, and activism, but not in regards to our civic duties of voting.
When people complain, they blame the president when they should instead be looking at their mayor and city council. When the economy does well, they praise the president, when it really should be their respective governors and/or state legislature. When we think of government, we should look to ourselves and determine if we really deserve it. These are the times when China seems to be doing better with their population, albeit only in terms of the economy (not human rights, the environment, etc.). And if democracy really is determined by the average voter, then I’m really scared, because the average voter does not care about the election, let alone even knows about it. We must do something better, but for now, we can only hope for something better.
More information about the Los Angeles mayoral race, including other down-ballot races: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/2013mayorsrace/
- LA 2013 Election Day: Will Anyone Even Notice? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Los Angeles picking mayor after low-drama campaign (sacbee.com)
- Does Anyone Even Care? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Candidates face competition, apathetic voters (goerie.com)