With a new mayor and city council, this election is set to usher in a new era of New York City politics. Unfortunately, despite the historical implications of the upcoming election, voter turnout today is still likely to be just as low as it usually is.
It is mind-boggling that winning candidates regularly assume office with mandates that are hardly representative of the diverse makeup of the city's population. Leaders cannot govern effectively with the support of such a paltry slice of the electorate.
The United States is the world's most famous democracy, yet we rank near the bottom of all nations in voter turnout. So why, when U.S. Census data says most Americans don't vote because it's inconvenient, do we vote on Tuesday smack in the middle of the week?
Why Tuesday? is relaunching for the 2012 cycle with an event broadcast live from the Newseum. We will be officially unveiling our new website, a new video, our 2012 Candidate Challenge, and we're hosting a live panel discussion about your right to vote.
I interviewed Jacob Soboff, creator of the Why Tuesday advocacy campaign. The organization set out to change the national voting day from Tuesday to the weekend in an effort to build greater voter participation.
They're ba-ack! The infamous Election 2000 Votomatic reappeared in L.A. this afternoon, complete with butterfly ballots and hanging chads. Were they any less confusing in L.A. than they were in Broward County?