November 5, 2013

Halfway through, voting isn't lackluster at all

At the halfway mark for today's election, 5,571 people had voted at the polls. If a like amount come in the second half of the day, more than 11,000 will vote today, not even counting the absentee ballots.
Two years ago, only 9,347 people voted in all in the city election. Two years before that, a mere 8,767 turned out.
It's been a gorgeous day, which always helps, but it is shaping up to be a municipal race more akin to those in 2005 and 2007, when 38 and 36 percent voted, respectively. That's a lot better than the 28 percent average in 2009 and 2011.
Whether it also means a return to Democratic dominance at City Hall, though, remains to be seen.

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