Hey you who are reading this: Who are you, and do you vote?

I haven’t voted yet.  And the fact is, my one vote will make no difference to the outcome of the election.  But damn the torpedoes, vote I shall, which will put me in the minority—we’re told to expect something like 35 percent turnout for the August 18 primary election.

Though Google knows everything about all of us, their analytics package won’t give me a demographic profile of hugeasscity readers.  I suspect that on the whole, y’all are more likely to vote than the average Seattleite.  On the other hand, I also suspect that y’all are on the younger end of the age spectrum, what with the potty-mouthed blog name and all.  And supposedly you younguns don’t vote.

To help get a better picture of the ~500 unique visitors who hit this blog every day, a humble request:  Would you be willing to leave a comment with a few key bits of info about yourself (anonymously or not), such as age, gender, race, household size, education level, where you live, what type of housing you live in, commute travel mode, and whether or not you will vote?  C’mon, it will only take a minute.  And if enough people do, methinks it will be quite revealing.

Based on a highly scientific sample of one—me—I’ll jump to the conclusion that many others have not yet voted, and make a few last plugs on this perfect late summer Seattle Sunday evening.   No time for  essays—in short, these are the candidates I believe are most aligned with the hugeasscity worldview.

Mayor = Mike McGinn. Hopefully you’ll vote for him because of his qualifications and beliefs, as I am.   If not, hopefully you’ll consider voting for him because a McGinn/Nichokels runoff would make for the most progressive debate in the general election, or because you’re a fiscal conservative and oppose the deep-bore tunnel, or heck, even because you think he’ll be easier than Mallahan for Nichokels to defeat.  So many reasons.  Do it.

City Council Position No. 4 = Dorsol Plants. My most difficult choice.  But this bit from the Stranger’s endorsement hit me right where I live:

He has dozens of smart ideas, including rewriting neighborhood plans to accommodate more density, especially around light-rail stations…

City Council Position No. 6 = Jesse Israel. Alan Durning’s endorsement captures it for me:

Normally, I’d be voting for [Licata].  But this year, I’ve endorsed Jessie Israel, whose views more closely match my own on transportation and urbanism. Jessie would be an even stronger force for my values on the city council than Nick.  And even if Nick wins the race, I expect a strong challenge from someone who embraces compact growth might pull him in that direction.

City Council Position No. 8 = Mike O’Brien. Summed up well by the endorsements from both Publicola and The Stranger:

O’Brien supports removing parking requirements from housing developments, allowing developers to build small apartments and condos to reduce housing costs…  He believes Seattle must build much more housing within city limits to combat suburban sprawl—to reduce the region’s carbon footprint and bring down housing prices…

King County Executive = Dow Constantine. A great candidate and also our best hope for not getting stuck with closet Republican Ms. KIRO.

121 Responses to “Hey you who are reading this: Who are you, and do you vote?”

  1. shaney

    age 4
    married, 0 kids
    single-family house (700 sf)
    drive to eastlake daily

  2. shaney

    age 34
    married, 0 kids
    single-family house (700 sf)
    drive to eastlake daily

  3. anonymous

    Capitol Hill
    rent apartment

  4. Craig

    Married, 1 kid
    B.A., M.P.A
    Rent single family house (800 SF)
    Bike and occasionally bus
    Voted – Go McGinn!

  5. Brian

    Married no kids
    BA – Business
    San Francisco (used to live in Seattle)
    Rent – 10 unit Apartment (owned a condo while in Seattle)
    walk, bus, zipcar, taxi and airplanes
    Vote in major elections – typically Republican

  6. jelky

    Age: 35
    Gender: Male
    Race: white
    single, live w/ roommate
    Education: BA UW
    Housing: house on phinney
    Travel: bus # 358
    Vote: last week

  7. anon

    Partnered but unmarried (due to a philosophical disagreement with state involvement in adult relationships) w/ 3 kids;
    BA, CompSci;
    Apartment in West Seattle;
    Work from home, bike (1 hr. transit time), bus (1 hr. 20 minutes ), car (25 minutes);
    Voted last week;

  8. Cook

    sf house
    no job currently, but walk and bus (no car)
    voted a few days ago

  9. Shane

    WHITE & Native American
    BS, JD (unfortunately, barely using it right now)
    Madrona, Single family
    Drive my big as truck (with homemade biodiesel) to work full of carpentry tools, will bike whenever I get a chance to use the JD. Bike errands, walk elsewhere and hitch my pooch outside.

  10. Christine

    24 yr old white female with bachelor’s degree, living in a U district apartment with boyfriend. We don’t own a car. I bike to work, or take the bus when not biking.
    We voted, but without me I’m sure he would have forgotten :)

  11. Tom

    * 48
    * male
    * white
    * single
    * BA
    * Capitol Hill condo
    * unemployed, so no current commute – but walked or bused to my last job
    * voted the week after I received the ballot

  12. Jinx

    pike/pine condo 10+ years
    walk to work (car for weekends)
    every election that doesn’t require a party affiliation

  13. DH

    single, live alone
    BA, JD
    Capitol Hill
    walk / bus (no car)
    voted a while ago!

  14. spencer


    I’m a caucasian, prosperous, raise middle class male working hard not to be that stereotype.

    I’m in the 35-40 years old bracket.

    I am married with no kids living on the fringes of Mt. Baker in a SF house that might be smaller than most Capital Hill apartments while being better insulated and better looking. I am designing an ADU for our house and will build it in a year or two for section 8 housing.

    I build things for a living: homes, cabinetry, fences, follies and art.

    I take all forms of transportation depending on the situation. Most often I take mass transportation when I am out using our city’s entertainment resources. I rely most on my bicycle when I don’t have to travel with tools.

    I procrastinated my voting because I had no idea when the due date was and at the last minute processed my ballot incorrectly which will void it. So I did not vote. Fortunately I will get another chance in November.

  15. Keo

    2, including girlfriend
    Wallingford, moving to Belltown
    Moving from rental house to lofted studio apartment
    No job to commute to at the moment, but I rode my bike to work and school for the last 3 years and before that I bussed
    I voted for Nickels, Dow, Israel, Bagshaw, O’Brien

  16. Morgan

    BS Conservation
    Renter on N Capital Hill
    Bike or walk to work

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