November 5, 2012

No sign of voter apathy in Bristol

There’s no sign of voter apathy in Bristol.
Voter rolls in Bristol.
The city’s registration rolls heading into Tuesday’s election are as high as they’ve ever been, topping even the tally four years ago for the historic president showdown that elected President Barack Obama.
There’s no indication that voters are especially unhappy with the Democrats either.
Democrats outnumber Republicans in Bristol by a greater than 2-to-1 margin, claiming the allegiance of 40 percent of the city’s 34,791 registered voters.
Though unaffiliated voters make up a larger percentage – 41.9 percent – the Democrats have made gains since hitting a low point in 2004 when their hold on the electorate had dwindled to 39.5 percent.
What the registration numbers translate to when people actually cast their ballots is, of course, the great unknown. Voters are notoriously unpredictable.

Voters in Bristol: 2012
Total registered to vote: 34,791
Democrats: 13,907
Republicans: 6,048
Unaffiliated: 14,568
Other: 268

Want to know where you should vote? Check out this link.

Want to see a sample ballot? Here are the links:

And if you want to study up on the charter question, here's an explanation of it.

The polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. These are Bristol's polling places:

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