What if they hold an election and no one votes

It happened in Broward County Florida this week.

As Broward County election results trickled in Tuesday night, some spectators wondered why no vote totals were shown for an annexation referendum near Tamarac.

The mystery’s answer disappointed government officials. The election’s final result, “0 votes,” was accurate: Not one registered voter who lives in the unincorporated Prospect Bend neighborhood turned out for the annexation question.

The expression “every vote counts” was clear in this election. Had one a lone voter showed and voted yes, that voter would have decided the fate of the 200-person neighborhood, requiring all of it to be part of Tamarac.

“I’m just shocked that there was an election held and no one showed,” said state Rep. Jack Seiler, D- Wilton Manors, who last year submitted a bill passed by the Legislature allowing the referendum question to be on Tuesday’s ballot.

Up for annexation was an area dubbed Prospect Bend by Tamarac officials. The area, made up of a multi-building rental complex and industrial properties, abuts a curvy part of Prospect Road near the southwest corner of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

I always thought holding municipal or county elections in March was done. Florida traditionally has its statewide elections every two years. The Tuesday after Labor Day and then in November. That would seem the best time to hold elections, if only because the turnout will be much higher. A referendum without a vote. Isn’t Florida a great state or what?

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