In my upcoming election this November, it is generally assumed there will be a very low percentage of voter turnout. As this is not a presidential election year, turnout may be as low as 10 to 14 percent of the registered voters in Mecklenburg County.
With such an incredibly low percentage of voter turnout, the results will be decided by the smallest minority of voters. The likelihood that such a small group will chose the best and most qualified candidates becomes bleak. Furthermore, by undermining the integrity of the process, and increasing unpredictability of election outcomes, low voter turnout is an additional factor discouraging credible, qualified candidates. Who would want to be part of such a crapshoot? As we occasionally see in the School Board race, and an open at-large race with no primary, this lends also itself to many unviable candidates entering in the race. It is difficult to stomach the low approval ratings of Congress and the General Assembly, if only 14% of registered voters actually vote. For school board, in particular, the majority of your County property taxes go to the schools; everyone should have an interest in who is holding this checkbook.
I believe there is a growing interest in the public schools, and in the rational functioning of government. I look forward to engaging a LARGE number of voters across Mecklenburg County during this campaign, and encouraging a record voter turnout for an off-year election.