We like to call voting tyranny of the minority because
most of the time a very small number of voters force
their will on a much larger group of people.
In this case Hugh Hallman was elected mayor of Tempe with a measly 7.6 percent of the population voting for him.
In the prior example I used the entire population, which includes children, who are not allowed to vote. People often say “children are immature” and for that reason should not be allowed to vote. That may be true, but immature of not the children are forced to pay the taxes the government rulers force on them.
If you only look at the registered voters, then Hugh Hallman was elected mayor with a dismal 18.7 percent of the registered voters.
The only other person winning a spot in this election was Mark Mitchell, who won a city council seat. He did much worse then Hugh Hallman. Mark Mitchell was voted in by a dismal 5.1 percent of the total population, and 12.7 percent of all registered voters.
In this case the two people who won the election were voted in by 5.1 and 7.6 percent of the total population, and 12.7 and 18.7 percent of all registered voters.
Last I suspect that government workers, who have a financial interest in the election will often vote more often then normal citizens.
In this case if the 1700 Tempe government employees all voted they would have accounted for 11 percent of the votes in the election.
If the 792 Maricopa County government employees living in Tempe all voted they would have accounted for 5 percent of the votes in the election.
If the 2293 Arizona state employees living in Tempe all voted they would have accounted for 15 percent of the votes in the election.
If the 1280 Federal government employees living in Tempe all voted they would have accounted for 8 percent of the votes in the election.
Combined the Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona State and Federal government workers living in Tempe if they all voted in this election they could have cast 6065 votes accounting for 39 percent of the ballot.
Last I suspect that police officers who are overpaid government parasite vote even more often the normal government workers. There always seems to be some issue on the ballot to raise police pay or hire more police officers.
There are 323 Tempe Police Officers and if they all voted in the last election they would have accounted for 2 percent of the vote.
There are 38 Maricopa County Sheriff Officers living in Tempe and if they all voted in the last election they would have accounted for 0.2 percent of the vote.
There are 36 Arizona Department of Public Safety Officers living in Tempe and if they all voted in the last election they would have accounted for 0.2 percent of the vote.
If all the city, county and state police officers living in Tempe voted they would cast 397 votes and be 2.4 percent of the vote of the last election.
March 15, 2008 - 1:08AM
Garin Groff, Tribune
Fewer Tempe residents voted in city elections this year than in other recent mayoral elections, according to official results released Friday.
Mayor Hugh Hallman's re-election was practically assured before the polls opened.
Hallman, the only mayoral candidate on the ballot, received 12,839 votes, according to the official results.
The total number of ballots cast was 15,783 - representing 23 percent of all active registered voters in the city.
In each of the last two elections for mayor, 25 percent of voters turned out. However, both of those races involved at least two nominated candidates.
Hallman's only opponent Tuesday was Derek Lull, an 18-year-old senior at Corona del Sol High School who ran as a write-in candidate. He received 586 votes.
The ballot included far more choices for City Council, with seven candidates competing for three positions.
Mark Mitchell was the only candidate to win outright, which requires getting more than half the number of ballots cast for each of the three open seats. Mitchell, an incumbent, will now serve his third term.
The other incumbent in the race, Hut Hutson, did not win outright and faces a four-way runoff on May 20 for the remaining two seats against challengers Julie Jakubek, Joel Navarro and Corey Woods.
Darryl Jacobson-Barnes and Rhett Wilson were eliminated.
Turnout was slightly higher than average for a City Council election, which had been about 20 percent since 1998.
The lowest turnout during that time was in the 1998 general election, when just 12 percent voted.
The highest was for the unsuccessful recall election against Neil Giuliano in 2001, which brought 32 percent of registered voters to the polls.
Final election results
Percentages based on total ballots cast, not votes for each elective office.
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