Election day is Saturday, and one of the most talked-about races on the ballot is a runoff in Orleans Parish for one of New Orleans City Council's at-large seats.

Saturday's special election is also the topic of this week's commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

This Saturday, most parishes in southeastern Louisiana will hold special elections. Unfortunately, most voters in those parishes will not be going to the polls. Most will just forget to vote.

It's not as if the elections are unimportant. In New Orleans, voters will choose an at-large member of the City Council.

In suburban parishes, voters will decide important tax propositions. Some also will fill vacancies on local councils.

In the March 24 primary in New Orleans, only 18 percent of voters went to the polls and that was the same day as a hotly contested Republican presidential primary.

This Saturday's turnout could be as low as 10 or 12 percent.

That's pathetic.

Right now, young men and women from across Louisiana are risking their lives on the other side of the world to give people there a chance at democracy. Meanwhile, people here don't even bother to participate in the democratic process.

I don't care how you vote this Saturday. Just vote if for no other reason than to honor the sacrifices of the very best among us. You really don't have anything 'better' to do.


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