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Shame on city's non-voters

March 03, 2011

For those concerned about where responsibility resides for the low turnout in the recent Burbank election, there is only one place to look — all the voters who didn’t vote. Speaking for myself as a Burbank citizen, shame on them (“Election turnout hits a new low,” Feb. 26).

The city of Burbank has made it as simple and convenient as possible to vote by introducing the all mail-in ballot. People in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are risking their lives to claim their freedom. Having to put a stamp on a ballot is such a crushing burden it prevents you from voting?

The city clerk has implemented an extensive get-out-the-vote campaign with marketing in all sorts of creative places. Banners, signs and notices with the deadline are everywhere. If you can remember to pay your bills and file your tax return on time, you can remember to vote.


No, we don’t have gut-wrenching scandals like the city of Bell to attract voter interest, and thank heaven for that. But if people want to continue to have a great community and government like we have here in Burbank, then they need to take their responsibilities seriously and vote.

There are no excuses, no one else to blame.

Chris Carson


Editor’s note: Carson is the co-president of the League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank.

Primary voters benefitted from the Leader’s coverage

I want to express my appreciation to the Burbank Leader for its endorsement in the recent primary election and, perhaps more importantly, to your coverage of the candidates and issues. Every Burbank resident who voted in the Feb. 22 primary election was the beneficiary of your coverage.

During the campaign, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with residents across the city who shared their ideas and suggestions for dealing with the many issues that confront our city. As the campaign moves ahead, I look forward to continuing that dialogue on my door-to-door walks. These have afforded me a deeper appreciation of many of the city’s continuing challenges, as well as many aspects of our city that make it a great place to live and work.

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