It was close, but in a streak of futility that rivals that of the Chicago Cubs, King County’s conservation community once again failed to win its chosen candidate a seat on the board of the King County Conservation District, with (u)SP endorsed Preston Drew edging out HA favorite Mark Sollitto by a 1,357 to 1,199 margin.
Ah well. I guess the people have spoken. You know, all 2,757 of them… out of a pool of over 1.1 million registered voters. That’s a turnout rate of less than 0.25%, compared to the respectable 83.9% of registered voters who turned out last November.
What a stupid, fucking, ridiculous way to run an election. I mean, why even bother? Why not just rename the damn thing the King County Conservative District, and save the half-hearted effort to pretend this is an election at all?
No vote-by-mail, no neighborhood polling places, no voter’s pamphlet… not even a goddamn postcard reminding you to vote. Only a handful of blog readers and well-informed activists on either side even knew there was an election, as evidenced by the fact that Sollitto got 43.5% of the vote as a write-in candidate, seven times that of third place David Mauk, who was one of only two names on the ballot.
Standing in line behind Richard Pope at the Bellevue Library voting station, a poll-worker chastised me for talking politics in the polling place, warning that I was violating the law—oh God was I tempted to challenge her to call the cops. In fact, I wasn’t talking about the race at all, but rather, how stupid, fucking ridiculous the entire KCCD election process is. I mean, only a 0.25% turnout, and there’s a fucking line?
What a total joke.