Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Do I have this right? Basically in virtually every high profile local race in the news, every incumbent won and where an incumbent was not running, the winner was the scion of an old political family.
Granted, the exception to that seems to be the races for the two respective party nominees for Allegheny County Chief Executive. Fitzgerald over Flaherty and McCullough was bested by Raja.
On secret ballots.. McKeesport Ward 1 again trailed the country in turnout. 1 of 10 registered Democrats cast a ballot. Sure seems to me that you can look up who voted in the election and you would have a perfect report of his or her voting in each race on the ballot. Only thing interesting is that whomever it was, they only voted for one person no matter what election it was. For judge in the court of common pleas there were 2 choices possible, for school board in McKeesport there were 4 potential picks and for council in McKeesport there were 5, yet in each only one pick was made. Not sure it means anything, but it makes me wonder if the instructions were clear enough. A lot of people choose not to exercise all their choices, but to not even have a 2nd choice in all races where multiple choices were an option???
If there is any quantitative story in the election it seem to be the low turnout. The unofficial count has just under 128 thousand Democratic ballots cast yesterday in the county. That is fewer than any recent election for sure and for comparison, there were over 175 thousand votes cast (a number itself smaller than the total ballots cast in that election) in the first Democratic primary for the ACE primary in 1999. I don’t have the data to say this definitively, but it is certainly possible yesterday had the fewest Democratic party votes cast county-wide in Allegheny County in a primary election ever.