Karl Hungus in the Mayor/Ward Vs. City Commission Thread:
Hungus's comment reminded me of November 2008 voting results:
Kevin Baxter isn't an "idiot." He's a shrewd politician and he, along with several individuals in Erie County who back him politically, have the county in a stranglehold.
I inserted the data for Barb Johnson as proof that uninformed voters do more harm to the community than self serving politicians. (Erie County is one of the last remaining court systems without online records, and yet somehow Johnson still gets 60.16% of the vote.)
Fess up, people.
How many of you went into that voter box and cast "courtesy votes" simply because the candidate was running unopposed?
Do you realize that those individuals can turn around and claim beaucoup political support and use your courtesy vote as proof of their popularity?
Though it's impossible to speak what is on the minds of 30,000 voters, it's hard to believe that each one of those people would've voted for an unopposed candidate if he/she actually had to campaign against someone. But still, an unopposed candidate gets 100% of the vote, so why that person recieved those votes is irrelevent. The only thing you can do is send a message of non-support by leaving the ballot card blank.