The organization of law enforcement, emergency services, public works and municipal courts all reflect decisions made by appointed local officials. Despite this, local electorates consistently forgoe their right to choose municipal leadership with some parts of the country posting mere 10% voter turnouts. Low numbers are especially visible during off-cycle years (years where hardly any members of the federal government are elected) and are representative of distinct socioeconomic factors.
Let’s take Boston for example. During off-cycle elections voter participation drops by a significant percent:
Not only is turnout abysmal in general (Boston is home to over 650,000 with more than 80% above the age of 18), but in off cycle seasons, Boston sees an approximate 10,000 vote deficit. This however, makes sense.