Response to NYT articles on turnout

So Thursday turned quickly into Friday amid billable activities, errands, carpools and a nasty cold.  But here we are!

The Georgia Secretary of State has posted official results of the November 4 election here.  When provisional ballots are included, slightly over 50%, or 50.03% of registered voters showed up on or before November 4 to cast a ballot.  This offers some context for the NYT’s editorial on Wednesday asserting that 38.2% of the “eligible population” of Georgia voted.

Assuming that both these stats are correct, let’s figure out the eligible population:  2,596,947 = .382(eligible population).  Therefore, eligible population = 6,798,290.58.

Registered voters as a percentage of eligible population?  5,191,182 = x(6,798,290.58), or 76.4%.  So almost a quarter of Georgia’s eligible voting population has yet to register.

25% of the eligible population has yet to register.  50% of the registered voters don’t vote.  Leadership is decided by less than 40% of the people who could engage.

The NYT article conveniently answered the last of the three questions I had posed before the election, regarding our voter turnout versus an all vote-by-mail state such as Oregon or Colorado.  In both states, more than 50% of eligible voters voted, and they had the fifth and fourth highest voter participation, respectively, in the country.  Georgia ranked 30th.  (According to the Secretary of State’s website, vote-by-mail has a long way to go in Georgia, in the Senate Race, for example only about 107,000 out of more than 2.5 million ballots were cast by mail.)

Still waiting on the Secretary of State’s Office to post detailed statistics on the demographics of the 38.2% of the eligible population that voted.  Should be interesting.

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