Roving camera 10-3-19: Just 11 percent of registered voters in Boston turned out for last week’s preliminary. Why do you think voter participation is so low?
I think people are losing faith in government. The way things are going from the top down, it feels like the system is failing. — Oshinga, Teacher, Roxbury
I think it’s because it was a preliminary election. I voted, but there weren’t many offices on the ballot. — Melanie, School Administrator, Charlestown
City of Boston residents were not fully aware that a primary existed. The electorate must be better informed by the city and the candidates. — Marvin Venay, Political Consultant, Roxbury
I think lack of candidates was a part of it. In a lot of individual districts the incumbents didn’t have opponents. In odd years, when we’re voting for the City Council, it doesn’t bring people out. — Rashaun Martin, Education Administrator, East Boston
People don’t care. Especially black people. — Deborah Boswell, Retired, Hyde Park
Apparently they don’t get the right messages from the candidates. Candidates need to talk about housing and the drug situation. It’s like a war zone by City Hospital. — John Scott, Truck Driver, Dorchester