Today's election has been lambasted as not only the most boring in recent memory, but the most boring June election in many a year.
Fair enough. Today's low turnout is to be expected -- but it doesn't mean it's not embarrassing. More than 80 percent of French voters recently stormed the polls to elect a man nicknamed "Mr. Pudding" due to his blah personality and indecisiveness (and that derisive moniker was applied by the woman who bore his four children).
So, no excuses: We are lazy and therefore deserve what we get. When it comes to exercising our rights, it's Americans -- and, specifically, San Franciscans -- who have surrendered.
Here are some ugly statistics: As of yesterday, the city's Department of Elections sent out 218,186 vote-by-mail ballots. Only 65,994 were returned -- barely 30 percent. Anecdotally, not many people have bothered to show up in person today, either.
Sadly, a glance at the elections archive reveals this is par for the course.
Another glance at the as-of June 4 vote-by-mail statistics indicates that, whatever registered Peace & Freedom Party voters are doing, they're not voting. Of the 1,203 sent ballots, only 135 have bothered to fill one out and mail it back (11 percent). To wit: