Leader Herald Staff
The Leader Herald reported the unofficial election result numbers, which were lower than the actual official count.
• Turnout was actually higher, around 4,892 voters. This is much closer to the 2019 election results, where turnout was 5,001 voters, which was another year where there was no competitive mayoral race on the ballot. (For comparison, 2017 turnout was 4,334).
• This is an important distinction because some are trying to dismiss the election results, or minimize their importance, based on “unusually low turnout.” Turnout was not unusually low. It was consistent with similar local election results in recent history. It is only “low” in comparison to competitive mayoral elections or state/national elections, which have drawn more turnout than municipal elections for decades and decades.
• Based on a voter file analysis of the 4,892 voters who turned out last Tuesday, an astounding 56% were women. This is definitely statistically much higher than usual. (Normally it’s more of a 51/49 or 52/48 percent split in favor of women). It’s not difficult to imagine why, after the way the superintendent and some women elected officials like Samantha Lambert have been treated over the last two years, women turned out in higher numbers than usual and voted the way they did.Continue reading “A comprehensive review of municipal election voting figures for Nov. 7”