The recent Asheville City Council primary featured 15 candidates, several divisive, high-profile issues, and a city with no small number of political activists. So why did so few people vote?
A mere 13 percent of registered city voters turned out — a record low. This happened despite political fights over partisan elections and development — note to mention the wealth of candidates, who hailed from a variety of political perspectives.
Many reasons have been suggested, from a lack of aggressive media campaigns to nonpartisan elections to the old standby of simple voter apathy.
So why do you think so few Ashevilleans showed up at the polls? And will anything be different come the Nov. 6 general election?
— David Forbes, staff writer