Lately there have been some pretty important decisions made by a minuscule part of the population. Looking at last week's election results shows the mayor of Maple Heights was elected with just over 2,000 votes. Brooklyn Heights had some council people elected with fewer than 400 votes. The new book The Vanishing Voter looks at the causes and consequences of declining voter turnout. It's written by Tom Patterson, Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard's Kennedy School, and he spoke with ideastream's Eric Wellman.