Disappointing

It it not so much that Anchorage voters on Tuesday re-elected incumbents, changed the makeup of the Assembly, saddled the city with millions in new debt, increased mortgage payments and dodged the city charter to adopt an already-failed sales tax that is the real disappointment.

It is that so few of us made all that happen.

Election results as of late yesterday showed only 52,425 of the city’s 232,298 registered voters made those decisions. That amounts to something like 23 percent of registered voters, or fewer than one in four.

So much for civic duty and exercising hard-won rights. So much for taking a role, having a voice, in the future of the city. Anchorage has a history of lousy voter turnouts, but Tuesday’s mail-in election, while among the most shameful, certainly was not the worst.

Politicians love it when voters do not bother to vote. It gives them carte blanche – to tax, to spend, to do as they please. If so many voters cannot find the time or inclination to vote – even with the implementation of mail-in voting – it is only going to be a matter of time before Anchorage becomes even more like Seattle, or San Francisco, or New York.

And that is a real disappointment.

8 Responses to Disappointing

  1. Fred Flintstone April 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Does anyone else remember the days when Alaskans were strong, self sufficient, tough, borderline (!!) arrogant and made their own way in the wilderness? This state, these roads and cities exist because those people worked to create something.

    Our current crop of “Alaskans” wouldn’t have survived the first winter.

    It COSTS you something to live here. The rewards are worth it. Or they used to be. Nowadays people are fine with having a politician steal $1,000 out of their open hand.

    At LEAST you can make a fist, trying to hang onto it. Or is that too much work?

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  2. John London April 9, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    All too many “end up here” and did not come on purpose of wanting to live in the North. Mostly jobs and the military, hence no real skin in the game.

    The left socialist know this and crowd into left enclaves of the city and try to turn it into sAnFrAnSiCKo.

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  3. Dave April 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Stupid

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    • John London April 10, 2020 at 11:35 am

      Naw, TRUE… and you most likely know it….Kumbaya… When you don’t have real skin in the game, you don’t vote, but the left makes sure they vote.

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  4. OG_Lila April 9, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Since the people of Anchorage don’t seem to care enough to vote then there is absolutely no reason for them to shorn down to the skin. Once the wolves you have chosen have taxed away ALL your wool (cash) then don’t be surprised when they go first for the meat and then for the bones. The choice was yours, enjoy it.

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  5. OG_Lila April 9, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Correction: …..there is no reason for for them NOT to be shorn…..

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  6. Morrigan April 10, 2020 at 11:45 am

    With respect, Mr. Editor, we have only the voter-turnout information provided by unelected city officials with a vested interest in the success of their easily corruptible mail-in ballot system.
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    We have long held that the Anchorage Assembly forced easily corruptible mail-in balloting on voters to assure no bond, tax, or incumbent were left behind.
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    Ballot chain of custody and preservation, critical to the integrity of any voting system, does not exist in mail-in voting.
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    Mail-in ballots can be completed by anybody for anybody.
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    Nothing prevents mail-in ballot harvesting. Nothing prevents close election outcomes from being swayed by the results of ballot harvesting.
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    Nothing assures mail-in voter registration rolls are current and accurate to the point that close elections will not be swayed by sheer numbers of fraudulent votes, fraudulently altered votes, unqualified voters, coerced votes, illegally “assisted” votes, non-resident voters, lost ballots, and dead voters.
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    These things and the factors which led to the success of the Great Alaska LeDoux Vote Experiment lead to our loss of confidence in Anchorage’s mail-in vote system and, since the U.S. Mail is involved, to the suggestion that federal authorities audit the system for potential vote fraud, records mismanagement, and subsequent mail fraud.
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    Undoubtedly, more than a few folks didn’t vote because they gave up on what they may have perceived as a hopelessly corrupted balloting process.
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    Look at the bright side.
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    The blizzard of new taxes and bonds, mixed with semi-martial law excused by the China flu panic may not be an entirely bad thing
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    …if the city’s liberal-left-leaning regime succeeds in closing Anchorage for business, while imposing more taxes than productive residents can pay, thus causing a 1980’s style exodus.

    If post-Exodus productive residents simply can’t be taxed enough to support municipal government, its education industry, and its public-sector union-management teams in the style to which they have become entitled, it seems reasonable to expect municipal government might self-shrivel to manageable proportions.
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    Then, with new, competent, honest, adult (this is asking too much?) leadership, Anchorage might just be able to get a fresh restart… with its traditional voting system restored.

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    • Molly April 11, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Morrison–HEAR HEAR!!!!

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