Old is as old votes
Anyway.. the New York Times' 538 blog had this snipped last night: Michigan Republican Electorate skews older. Few places appreciate what old means for voting as we do. I doubt they come as close to us in terms of how old their electorate is. If we can get the 538 folks reading here by chance.. Western PA = oldest effective electorate in the nation... or so I hypothesize. Gotta be worth a story.. certainly will be if the parachute folks drop in for the primary coming up.
I guess I didn't yet get to this, but last fall the general election in Allegheny County had an anemic turnout. General elections usually get younger voters to come out at rates well above whatever happens in the primary, no matter how determinative the primary is. But older voters are more consistent and come out in high profile races as much as in races that are not so exciting. So the variation in turnout is usually reflecting what is going on with younger viters. In November 239K folks turned out, about as low as it gets for a general election in Allegheny County.
So below is what I get looking at who actually made it to the polls in November.. Remember this is for a general election which is normally 'younger' than primary elections here. For the mirage of young voters it was worse than ever for a general election. Yes, the total proportion of all voters under age 30 was just over 5% of all votes cast. Not under 20... that is not a typo.. under 30! There were over 4.5 voters age 70 and over for every voter under 30.