Believe It or Not, Turnout Was Up in Virginia
Virginia's governor's race earlier this month was a blowout election in which one party was supposedly deeply demoralized. But, based on the most ...
Virginia's governor's race earlier this month was a blowout election in which one party was supposedly deeply demoralized. But, based on the most relevant metric, turnout was actually up.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia officials have revised and extended their election results:
RICHMOND, Va. - The results stayed the same, but the turnout grew after a certification of the Nov. 3 elections by the State Board of Elections yesterday.
A total of 2,168,574 Virginians voted, or 43.76 percent of the registered voters. Early reports showed the turnout at about 40 percent. The turnout was slightly less than the 45 percent in 2005, but because more people are registered, about 168,000 more people voted than four years ago.
Reflecting the strong Republican vote and the weak Democratic vote, the turnout in Virginia's counties was 45.47 percent, while in the cities it was 39.81 percent.
So, we have a split decision. More Virginians voted than four years ago, but a smaller percentage of registered voters showed up.
As I have argued (and many others before me have argued), however, neither of those standards is the best way to judge turnout. Instead, if you're going to pick only one way to evaluate turnout, the number to look at is the percentage of the voting-eligible population that showed up.
By my estimate, these revised figures mean that just over 39% of voting-eligible Virginians cast ballots this year. That's higher than 2001 or 2005, Virginia's last two gubernatorial election years. That suggests to me that the story of the election was just as much enthused Republicans as it was demoralized Democrats.
We invite you to discuss and comment on this article using social media.
In the Elusive Search for Affordable Housing, Clues Emerge19 hours ago
California Leaders Vow to Fight Trump's Oil Drilling Order Before It's Even Signed1 day ago
State and Local Governments Express Concern About Trump's Tax Plan1 day ago
If Trump Defunds 'Sanctuary Cities,’ Public Health Could Suffer1 day ago
Purdue University's Unprecedented Move to Acquire a For-Profit College1 day ago
Court: Employers Can Pay Women Less Than Men Based on Their Past Salaries1 day ago