We’re very disappointed to see the low voter turnout numbers for this week’s city of Yuma primary election.
According to preliminary results, less than 8,000 people cast a ballot.
What an incredibly low turnout, especially when one considers that the mayor and presiding municipal judge races likely will be decided by this vote, before the general election.
We hear much complaining from residents who are unhappy about elected officials and their actions, be it a vote cast or an opinion spoken that differs from their own.
And yet, less than 8,000 people turned out to cast their vote to help determine who will be sitting in City Hall.
It’s amazing that so few residents have ultimately made the decision of the next mayor for a city of nearly 100,000.
Also alarming is the fact that the city only has 39,236 registered active voters, according to the Yuma County Elections Office.
Elections officials bent over backward for this primary, sending out 19,000 early ballots – of which only 6,091 had been returned as of Tuesday.
The Yuma County Recorder’s Office was also open for early voting this weekend, but officials said less than 20 people showed up there to vote.
The apathy is tremendous.
To those who didn’t vote, what a shame. You had a chance to make a difference in your community, but you didn’t take advantage of it. And yet, you still get an opinion, and likely, you won’t hesitate to complain the minute an elected official acts contrary to your beliefs.
But before you do so, remember this: you didn’t take the time to vote, to help select the officials tasked with the well-being of our community. Weigh that carefully.
To those who did vote, we thank you. Thank you for caring about our elected officials. Thank you for doing the research, for sending in your early ballot, or heading into the polls and casting your vote.
And next election, Yuma, let’s try a little harder. Moments like these are our chance to make a difference.