Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Early voter turnout down from 2008

So, Knox County voters were moving right along, actually casting ballots, and then: Wham-o!

Freakin' crappy weather sets in. Or at least that's what local election folks are attributing to the drop off at the ballot boxes.

Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers says early voting turnout has now decreased compared to 2008. After 12 days of voting so far, 88,232 folks vote, which is a 4.8 percent decrease from the 2008 presidential election when 92,614 votes had been cast after 12 days.

Just the other day, the county was 6.6 percent ahead of the 2008 numbers. Oh well.

"We began to see a drop off on Saturday with the colder weather and that trend continued though yesterday," Rodgers said. "Fewer college students are voting at our University of Tennessee location. Voter turnout at the University Center is down 50 percent from 2008."

So, is it the weather, or just dumber college students?

Anyhoo, more info right smack here.

1 comment:

Polly Ester said...

50% dropoff at University voting center means fewer Obamabots. Maybe Mark Harmon isn't voting as many times this year.