Primary elections for city offices are being held throughout Utah today. There will probably be low voter turnout. Why? It's a city election. No one thinks to vote in a city election. The problem with that way of thinking is that city elections have much more effect on a citizen's day-to-day life than do presidential elections.
Everybody who votes votes in the presidential elections. That's kind of sad to me. Not that people are voting, but that they choose the least influential election to be the one where they cast their vote. Except in a few states, the individual citizen's vote has remarkably little effect on the outcome of a presidential election. Idaho will always go Republican; New Jersey will always go Democrat. The office of the President, further, has little to do with a citizen's everyday life. The city council and mayor, however, have everything to do with it--but nobody votes in those elections, which means they could be turned by three or four votes each way.
That is madness. I hope someday people use their common sense a little better. I hope they prove me wrong today.