On September 11th, the Contra Costa Times ran an article titled “Upland’s election turnout disappoints” on the 28% turnout of Upland’s recent all-mail election, citing Rose Fellow Doug Johnson.
Despite the city’s hope that the convenience of an all-mail election with postage provided would yield a higher turnout than normal elections, only slightly more than 28 percent of eligible voters participated in the election of a new City Council member. Johnson, however, reassured concerned officials that this is standard for local elections. He said, “Well, there’s a lot of theories that all-mail elections will help turnout, but what we’re seeing in Upland and Burbank and other all-mail jurisdictions is it doesn’t help very much if at all.”
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