Almost no drop off in down ballot races

Turnout on the UT campus was not bonkers because of the mayor’s race. Or Prop J. Or Prop K. Or Lupe Valdez. Across the city and state, the record turnout was clearly driven by Beto O’Rourke.

And yet, the vast majority of voters in Austin voted in every race on the ballot. Turnout in the Senate race was only slightly higher than in the mayoral election or for the ballot propositions. Here is a look at turnout in Central Austin for the Senate race. The darker the purple, the higher the turnout.

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And here’s the turnout in the mayor’s race:

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In precinct 208, which covers much of UT campus, 4,892 people voted in the Senate election. I find it hard to believe, but the results say that turnout in the mayor’s race was lower –– by one person.  Next-door, in precinct 277, three fewer people voted in the mayor’s race (5,766 to 5,763).


2 thoughts on “Almost no drop off in down ballot races

  1. How are the polygons shaded? Is it absolute number of ballots cast or proportion of registered voters? Unless precincts are drawn to have an equal number of registered voters, it would be more robust to use the latter. I’m wondering if my own precinct is light because much of it is non-residential and the map used an absolute, rather than proportional ramp.

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