As of Friday, November 6, 2015
SUNNYSIDE Only 23 percent of the 4,428 registered Sunnyside voters are reported to have voted this past Tuesday, according to the latest ballot count yesterday.
“I think there are two things… one it is an off year – one that is not a presidential election. The other is voter apathy,” said Mayor Jim Restucci, speaking from Nashville, Tenn.
The number of those who voted in Yakima County, too, is low. There were just 32 percent of registered voters who cast ballots in the county.
What’s more surprising is voter turnout in Sunnyside’s largest precinct (1706) was less than 16 percent. That precinct, which includes the Carnation district, residences south of Lincoln Avenue, and north and east of Yakima Valley Highway, has more than 1,140 registered voters. Yet, only 178 voters cast ballots Tuesday.
Precinct 1705 has 713 registered voters and nearly 40 percent (285) of those individuals cast ballots during the General Election. That precinct consists of a large portion of the Harrison Hill neighborhood.
“We have to convince voters their vote counts,” said Restucci.
He said the income disparity between the precincts may also contribute to the difference between the two precincts.
Another precinct with a particularly low voter turnout is 1701, which encompasses the neighborhoods from South Sixth Street to Yakima Valley Highway.
There are 918 registered voters in the precinct and only 157 (17 percent) voted this past Tuesday.