There are 201,843 registered voters in the city of Cincinnati.
Tuesday, in a primary election for mayor, 11,455 of them cast ballots.
That works out to 5.68 percent.
We are in our 40th year of covering elections; and have yet to see a candidate race where the turnout was so abysmally low.
Even on September 11, 2001, the day of the first ever Cincinnati mayoral primary and a day when the entire nation was in shock, grief and rage over the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, about 15 percent of the electorate turned out.
Tuesday's mayoral primary election, with its record low turnout of 5.68 percent, has convinced former mayor and congressman David Mann that Cincinnati needs a new way of electing its mayor.
Mann, who is now running for city council with Democratic and Charter Committee endorsements, said that if he is elected, he will introduce a charter amendment that will replace the direct election of the mayor system that has been in place since 2001.
John Cranley and Roxanne Qualls will be the candidates for Cincinnati Mayor in November, but the percentages in yesterday's election surprised some. WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson shares his thoughts.