Monday, March 30, 2009

Anticipating a big voter turnout?

Voter turnout and voter participation in the post 2008 age is a recurring topic. Via PolySign is a link to a LA Times article that has several datapoints that imply increased turnout may have been a fleeting thing. They quote the turnout from a mayoral primary in LA just last month as coming in at 17% despite having historic turnout just a few months earlier in the 2008 general election. Too early for me to predict what turnout will look like in the primary coming up, but it's hard to believe it would be that low here no matter. Whether turnout will be higher than average is another question altogether.

A good point to mention that Monday, April 20, is the deadline to register to vote in the May 19 primary election. Some may need to re-register to be able to vote in the location they want to. It's hard to explain completely, but I have had innumerable conversations over the years with even smart and politically active folks who are convinced they get to vote for the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh yet they live in Etna for example. I kind of wonder if the mayor's service center tracks how many people call in from outside the city with people expecting help in some form. Some of the folks on the fifth floor know those same calls come in to them as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

might be very interesting to compare expected turnout results with past turnout ranked by debt as a percentage of income.

very interesting idea i saw recently suggested that higher debt leads to a decreased sense of efficacy and thus lower voting percentages. wonder if the increase in debt, mortgage defaults, foreclosure etc in america (and pittsburgh) will have a pacifying effect on the electorate or if it will spur a "mad as hell and not going to take it" mentality.

just a thought.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 6:28:00 AM  
Blogger Paz said...

It's good that people outside the city are concerned with voting, at least.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 4:00:00 PM  

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