Congratulations to all the winners of last Tuesday’s Manassas City Elections. It was certainly one of the most contentious interesting that the City has seen in many years, as can be substantiated by our good Registrar, Linda Womack. From sign wars to record write-in ballots she was very busy. Kudos to her and her staff for a job well done.
The one thing that counts in elections is who gets the most votes. In our City Council and School Board elections the voters are given as many votes as positions available. This year it was 3 for the Council and 4 for the Board. Now the voter is not required to cast all his or her potential votes, and in this election cycle that had a curious effect. In the City Council balloting, 19% of the potential votes were not cast, and in the School Board balloting 27% of the potential votes were not cast. This leaves us with the fact that, from the 2728 voters who showed up at the polls, No One got the most votes.
I am still considering whether this is simply an idle statistical curiosity or something substantial in the minds of the voters. I will leave you gentle reader to ponder what you think this says about the election and our City.