Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Primary Voter Turnout Stays Low, but More So for Democrats

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
mucifer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 09:37 PM
Original message
Primary Voter Turnout Stays Low, but More So for Democrats
This is BAD news:

By BRIAN J. MCCABE

For the first time since the 1930s, participation in Republican primaries exceeds participation in Democratic primaries, according to a report by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University.

The study, which looked at elections held through Sept. 1 of this year, found that more than four million more voters cast ballots in Republican primaries than in Democratic primaries. While it is unclear whether higher levels of Republican primary participation spell doom for the Democrats in November, a closer look at the data shows reasons for leaders of both parties to be concerned the number of nonvoters continues to outpace voters. In a primary season where the narrative tends to be about partisanship and anger, the statistics through the end of the summer suggest that voter participation remained relatively consistent with the last couple off-year election cycles.

According to the study, voter turnout rebounded slightly from the 2006 primary season (which, with slightly less than 17 percent of the voting age population voting, holds the record for the lowest turnout for a midterm election on record). It is consistent with turnout from the 1998 and 2002 primaries, in which slightly less than 19 percent of the population voted. Compared to 1994, participation in the 2010 primary runs about two percentage points lower.

more at http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/pri...

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 09:40 PM
Response to Original message
1. This breaks my heart. nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 09:40 PM
Response to Original message
2. The primaries do not necessarily translate to the November turnout /nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
AnnieBW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 09:41 PM
Response to Original message
3. Lack of competitive races?
I don't know what turnout was in my area, but we have at least one competitive race here in Prince Georges County, MD. O'Malley, Mikulski, and the Reps are all being primaried by no-names. Yawn. Nobody is going to come out to vote if the incumbents are running unopposed or against no-names. Wait until November.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 09:46 PM
Response to Original message
4. Here in WI Feingold is running unopposed in the primary as is my congressman, Ron Kind.
Edited on Tue Sep-14-10 09:48 PM by elocs
Not any compelling reasons for Democrats to turn out to vote here.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 09:47 PM
Response to Original message
5. That's fine.
Republicans have had more competitive primaries. The teabaggers may be a majority of the Republican primary but they aren't a majority of the public.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-10 09:48 PM
Response to Original message
6. Repeat after me: Primary elections have no bearing on general election results in any way
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Oct 01st 2014, 12:16 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC