What if they held an election and no one showed up? What if they held an election and no one ran? Well, it's not quite that bad, but the recent turnout, for the neighborhood board elections indicated that something's wrong in the big city. Only 6% of eligible voters bothered to transmit their votes electronically or by phone, which were the only ways to vote this time around.
One of the reasons for the low turnout by voters was the incredibly low turnout of candidates. Over 60% of the areas had uncontested races, which means if mommy voted for you, you're in! This is no way meant to condemn the intent of these community boards, nor is it meant to impugn the fine people who take the time to volunteer and run for these offices. I don't think people realize just exactly what it is that neighborhood board members do, or why this grassroots effort has a value to communities and neighborhoods.