Tomorrow is the Special Municipal Election for Boston’s District 7, which will decide whether Tito Jackson or Cornell Mills will take the Boston City Council held by Chuch Turner before his conviction.
As I voted in the primary election a month ago I heard people complaining that Mr.Turner didn’t get a fair trial, but there’s one thing I’m going to ask everyone to remember: Your views about Mr. Turner’s trial no longer matters. The City Council voted to remove him from their number and for the time being there is nobody representing the 7th District on the City Council. If we’re going to have someone representing our interests that someone will have to win tomorrow’s ballot.
In the preliminary voting last month only 7% of registered voters showed up to cast their vote. I know it’s a single race and people in the 7th District are a mere fraction of people in the entire city of Boston, but that’s a poor excuse for not casting a ballot in a City Council election.
As I’ve said many times before, decisions are made by those who show up. I honestly don’t care whether people think Mr. Tuner got a fair trial or was the victim of an attack by the prosecutor’s office, because tomorrow none of that matters one damn bit. What does matter? Showing up at your polling place to cast your vote. Please put aside your feelings for Mr. Turner for one day and do your duty, the duty that people in Libya wish they had: The duty to show up and cast a ballot for someone to fill an empty seat on the Boston City Council. People in Africa and the Middle East are dying trying to get the ability to cast a vote. Please show that you deserve that right by making time in your busy Tuesday to goto your polling place and cast your vote. If you don’t know if you should vote tomorrow or where your polling place is you can find out at the Boston Election Department’s Voter Registration & Polling Location Search page.