Voting Slow in Sonoma County - What's Your Excuse?

Sonoma County voting turn-out was among the lowest in recent years, so we're asking Patch readers why they voted - and why they didn't.


According to Sonoma County Registrar of Voter Janice Atkinson, the turnout yesterday was the lowest in years.

She was quoted in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, calling the turnout dismal.

"They're just dribbling in,” Atkinson said, standing by her earlier forecast that 50-53 percent of the county's registered voters would turn in their ballots.

The most walk-in voters at any precinct was 148, she said. Some precincts have more than 2,000 registered voters.

The low voter turnout may have affected some closely watched races locally, and the releatively large number of vote-by-mail ballots.

In the city of Sonoma, for instance, just over 2,700 people voted – less than half the number of registered voters.

Patch wants to know if you voted and if not, why. Answer in the poll below, and leave a comment to explain your choice.

Rena B June 07, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I always vote. It is my right and obligation as a citizen.
Dorothy June 07, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I voted.
Suzanne Barbara June 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I voted.
Albert David June 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I'm someone who always votes, so I did this time too.
Dee Baucher June 07, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I did. But I'm not sure why I bothered. This county, and especially this portion of the county, have no representation. Our warped two-party system of "democracy" is a sham. Its all a "done deal", long before elections. Those who divided up the state in the new districts acted to fragment our community, and those at the county level who took away our only seat at the table (by giving it to Santa Rosa) have totally disenfranchised us. We need better local leadership, and better local media, if we are ever to reestablish some control of our destiny.


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