Surprises in Primary voting trends

New voters cast ballots, but new, younger residents not getting involved yet

By LEADER STAFF

A breakdown of the 6,300 who voted in last Tuesday’s primary reveals that 45% of those voters did not vote in 2019.

In addition, 2,000 primary votes were cast by voters who never voted before.

In other words, new voters who came out for the first time as a category scored a figure that dwarfed all expectations from those who follow vote totals in this city.

A further breakdown of the vote that came out by age is a mind boggler, or at the very least, an eye-brow raiser.

Somewhere between 4%- 9% of the vote was made by men and women between the ages of 18-24.

This proves that younger people by the widest margin, take little to no interest in local politics or at least take little to no interest in this primary.

Voters aged 25-34 also showed minor interest in the primary. About 630 voters in that age group voted last Tuesday.

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A telling look at the voter list

If everyone registered to vote here came out on Primary Day, 23,000 votes would be cast.

City Clerk Sergio Cornelio has estimated the September Primary Day vote to be 5,200 at largest.

If it rains, that vote will shrink just a bit.

Without a governor’s or presidential race, Primary Day voting numbers are destined to be terrible.

There is no big upside to this vote for any of the candidates running for mayor.

This includes the mayor, especially.

The trick for everyone running for mayor this time around is to get out their vote. This is to say, everyone running has a base. That base must be unified and that base must be reached and everyone must come out on Primary Day.

How will Primary Day end up on September 21?

With three candidates there are essentially three separate but equal races.

To a greater degree than any of us like to believe, the voting list this year is different from two years ago.

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