By Andy Best, Ward 3
One of the co-hosts, Oliver Rockside, asked me if I had any solutions to the ever-decreasing turnout at the municipal polls in our city.
I told him that I feel what we’re trying to accomplish here on the Town Hall is one of the building blocks needed to address this problem. I think that step one towards an eventual uptick in voter turnout is for someone to feel comfortable expressing a political opinion and to have a place to do it.
Municipal government impacts our day to day lives more than any other. It is relevant to everyone. If we can open the door to someone being touched by a political conversation in the long years between elections, that can help make it feel relevant as well. But that conversation must be one that doesn’t turn them off, which is what I think partisan slugfests do.
It’s not just about the act of getting out to the polls. It’s about a bigger picture issue of whether or not people think politics matters to their lives.
Beyond that, I’m stumped.
How about you? Got any ideas?