Even the city’s “active” voters aren’t so active after all.
With only a few days before Tuesday’s municipal election, only 28.5 percent of “active” voters — those are voters who voted in November and automatically received a ballot in the mail — have returned them, the City Clerk’s Office reported today.
City officials are probably wishing they could tell the editorial departments of the Gazette and the Indy, “I told you so.”
Before ballots were mailed out to “active” voters, the Gazette and the Indy issued a joint editorial calling on the city to mail ballots to the estimated 95,000 registered but “inactive” voters.
“Though we don’t agree on all things, we agree 1,000 percent on this: Mail ballots to all registered voters who participated in any election since the highly contested 2008 presidential contest. That will increase the number of ballots mailed to voters by about 95,000. In a home-rule city, the City Council has every right to do this,” the editorial stated.
Would turnout have been higher at this point if ballots had been sent to “inactive” voters?
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“A higher percentage turnout would be wonderful, but at least 50 to 60 percent,” she said Monday.
At this rate, Colorado Springs may want to lower its expectations.
Turnout by date:
March 22: 3.69 percent
March 23: 9.22 percent
March 24: 13.83 percent
March 25: 16.91 percent
March 28: 19.98 percent
March 29: 24.90 percent
March 30: 28.59 percent