Tuesday, November 25, 2014

INCUMBENT COUNCIL MEMBERS


BY THE NUMBERS

The above chart shows the number of votes each of the incumbent members of Council have received in recent elections. I leave it to wiser minds than mine to interpret and conclude what, if anything the numbers indicate.

In 2011 there were 64,057 eligible voters registered and in 2014 that number had slipped by 196 to 63,861.  That is another stat that raises a few questions, if we are a city that is supposed to be growing it comes as a surprise we have fewer voters over a 3 year period.

% OF ELIGIBLE VOTES FOR THE INCUMBENT

If you consider there were 63,861 eligible voters in this election it means that Bill McKay captured 10.02% of the eligible vote, Beill Bestwick captured 16.00% of the eligible vote, Jim Kipp captured 11.18% of the eligible vote and Diane Brennan captured 10.25% of the eligible vote.

While the voter turnout did edge upward from 26.9% in 2011 to 34.9% in 2014 that still means that 65.1% of the eligible voters did not participate in this most important civic duty. We still have much reason to hang our heads.

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