Thu 4 May 2006
Early primary day I read online reports of low turnout in Hillsborough, Efland, Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Having done a bit of research on local elections, I realized that my vote, 222, that late in the day, at the Chapel Hill Library, home of Estes Hills precinct, a precinct which traditionally turns out heavily, was a harbinger of worse to come.
I speculated we’d end up with turnout somewhere between %12-14.
Actual turnout? %13.2.
Only 11,738 of 88944 registered voters, 9,450 Democrats (%20 of D’s), 1202 Republicans (%6 of R’s) and 1234 Independents (%5.5 of I’s) showed up.
Carol Woods, once again, led the pack: %81 of Democrats (262/323), %48 of Independents (29/60) and %0 (!!!) of Republicans (0/67) or %65 of all registered voters. My neighborhood at least, based on my count, did well by their civic duty.
Even the most pessimistic estimates put the last Iraqii election turnout at over %55.
Maybe the tide will turn in November.