To the Editor:
The work done over the past two weeks by volunteers from the Gahanna Freedom Alliance resulted in a 200-percent increase in voter turnout in the city of Gahanna, far exceeding expectations. On the ballot was Issue 4 that would have increased the city's income-tax rate from 1.5 to 2.5 percent.
GFA vice president Joe Gergley, who led the Get Out The Vote effort, worked with a team of people to spread the word to hundreds of residences in all four city wards.
Gergley pointed out the historically low voter turnout rate as another motivation. The last non-school primary vote was in May 2007, to narrow the field of candidates for the mayoral race, and only 1,631 votes were tallied.
On Tuesday, May 7, the Board of Elections tallied 3,746 votes, a significant increase over historical trends.
The Gahanna Freedom Alliance is a nonprofit corporation organized in the state. Its mission is to promote the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free markets. More information can be found at GahannaFreedomAlliance.org.
Submitted by Matt Campbell
On behalf of the Gahanna Freedom Alliance