Your vote DOES count

If you wanted Mayor Tom Dale of Nampa to continue to lead your city and you didn’t vote Tuesday, what are your thoughts today?

If you wanted either or both of the Boise Bond measures to pass and you didn’t weigh in, do you have regrets?

This is not to take anything away from Nampa Mayor-elect Bob Henry — who won by 113 votes in an election where 7,819 were cast in the four-way race — because I believe Henry can do an excellent job.

Nor is this casting aspersions on the stealth “organized” opposition to the bonds that nobody seemed to be able to identify or quantify before they showed up in large enough numbers to deny the public safety and parks/open space initiatives Tuesday.

There are city council candidates in Meridian this morning questioning themselves about whether they did enough, because a few of them fell just a couple dozen votes short.

The moral here is, your vote DOES count. It absolutely counted Tuesday. Turnout in the Treasure Valley ranged from 20 to 23 percent with a few communities spiking above that. That’s average to above-average for an election without statewide or national appeal.

The people who hustled for and came out for Bob Henry had a passion. They wanted change. Henry himself doubted that he could muster the votes to turn back a popular mayor who was the face of Nampa for the past 12 years.

Being on the wrong side of the Boise bond proposals is a bit harder to swallow for proponents today. Both measures got well beyond a majority but fell just short of the 66 percent required mandate by only a few hundred votes.

If you believe the opposition to spending increases is always there, and that number is static, then you have to ask yourself if enough was done to motivate the people who didn’t mind paying that buck-a-month for enhanced fire-fighting, parks and open space projects.

The public safety bond got 16,050 votes, 64 percent of the vote. It needed about 16,550 to pass. That is SO close.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s gubernatorial victory Tuesday with 60 percent of the vote is considered a landslide.

The fact that more than 60 of every 100 voters in Boise favored the bonds, well, it is certainly informative but not the victory proponents sought.

Hard to say if what was “rejected” — with such big favorable numbers — was due to the method or the marketing. I’ll let others figure that out.

It is pointless to get preachy or self righteous about going to the polls — or not. Voting, or not voting, privately dispenses its own rewards and penalties between now and the next election.

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