And The Winners of the New York City Mayoral Primaries Are...

... those who decided to actually vote.

A friend of mine wrote this on his Facebook status:
"The population of NYC was 8.2 million, as of 2011. 257,000 people voted for Bill DeBlasio. Assuming no runoff & a Democratic victory in the general, 3% of NYC decided our next mayor."
THREE PERCENT. Now I know that primary election turnouts have historically always been low, but there were five candidates running in the Democratic primary. Does anyone want their voice heard? A total of 599,035 as of this writing, voted in the Democratic primary. A pathetic 56,817 (and counting) voted in the Republican primary, and winner Joe Lhota received 29,909 of those votes.

Taking my friend's theory even further, if by some chance Lhota should win the general election (and hey, we haven't had a Democratic Mayor in New York City since NINETEEN-EIGHTY-FUCKING-NINE) then .3%, that's three-tenths of one percent, of New Yorkers will have decided the next mayor.

I'm appalled at the apathy at which the right to vote is taken for granted, whether it be local or federal elections, in this country. Every jingoistic person I come across speaks about our soldiers fighting for our "freedoms." Well, a part of those freedoms is having the right, the privilege to vote. I wonder how many fist-pumping-rah-rah-USA-Number-One New Yorkers voted yesterday?

Here's Craig Ferguson, a naturalized American citizen, back in September of 2008.


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