Speaking of mediocre voter turnout, my friend and city commission candidate Ashley Allen reports that so far on what he calls a beautiful spring day, turnout for Madison's municipal election is 6.5%. That's with less than four hours left to go vote.

Really, people? Five interesting candidates to choose from, representing an interesting cross-section of Madison ages and interests, and that's all the interest we have so far?

Voters around the state, I welcome your reports of voter turnout at your local polling places on this municipal election day. I hope we hear some higher numbers as quitting time approaches!

You get the government you ask for. Declining to vote does not absolve you of blame; it lays the blame on you for not picking someone better. Get out and vote!