Friday, June 02, 2006

Voter turnout

Mark asked for some info on voter turnout in the primary last month. These are maps of voter turnout for the county and the city proper, respectively. Looking at it quickly I do not discern too much of a pattern. Obviously the districts without contested races had lower turnout, as did the student districts because the primary comes after most have left for the summer. Note these maps show voter turnout which is ballots cast divided by registered voters. Not everone is registered to vote so actual voter participation is somewhat lower these maps imply. In certain districts with more transient populations voter participation rates are significantly lower than voter turnout. Overall the county is showing that voter turnout was 22.21%. I would peg the overall voter participation in the county at around 20%, but it varied a lot across districts. You should be able to click on the images above for larger GIF images. Better quality PDF versions are available here: County, City