May 11, 1994 |
The voters, like the sun, went into eclipse yesterday. The sun came out again, but the voters didn't - almost two-thirds of registered Pennsylvanians stayed home rather than help choose nominees for their next governor and legislative offices. In Philadelphia, turnout buoyed by some hot contests for Congress and the Legislature was about the same, but still on the low side: 37 percent of Democrats, 36 percent of Republicans. In the charter-change election, which many voters had trouble finding on the ballot, passions were high but participation low. Barely one-quarter of eligible Philadelphians voted - almost all of them saying no. The lack of interest is nothing new. With the dramatic exception of the 1992 presidential election, voter turnout has been steadily declining for more than a decade.
March 27, 1988 |
In Camden political parlance, it's called the "sure pop vote," the voters who closely follow education issues and cast their ballots faithfully each school election year - no matter how boring the campaign or how low voter apathy dips. But in this year's Camden school board race, the "sure pop vote" may have company - even though there are no critical issues being bandied about. Camden politicos are predicting an even larger voter turnout this year because of displeasure over a proposed tax increase to fund the district's $97.3 million budget for 1988-99.
November 7, 2007 |
At the close of Michael Nutter's campaign, the now-mayor-elect was urging people to vote, not just for him but to send a message to President Bush and to help elect Democrats as judges. Nutter's theme: It's not over. Most voters weren't listening. Seven of 10 registered voters in the city skipped a trip to the polls yesterday, treating the mayor's race as an issue settled in the May Democratic primary when Nutter bested four rivals. With more than 96 percent of the divisions reporting late last night, only 28.7 percent of the city's registered voters cast ballots.
October 30, 1988 |
When Buck Scott looks at Montgomery County, he sees the most affluent, best-educated county in the state, if not the nation. Which is why he calls voter turnout figures "outrageous. " In the November 1984 election, which featured the Ronald Reagan-Walter Mondale presidential race, 82.27 percent of the registered voters in Montgomery County cast ballots, according to election figures at the Board of Elections in Norristown. That percentage was above the state average of 78.2 percent and far above the national average of 59.9 percent.
December 8, 1991 |
Officials from Newtown Borough and Tinicum Township showed up at the Bucks County Commissioners meeting Wednesday to be recognized for the way their citizens showed up on Nov. 5. Both municipalities received plaques from the Bucks County Commissioners for producing the county's highest voter turnouts in the recent elections. In Newtown, 71.9 percent of the borough's 2,500 registered voters came to the polls on Nov. 5, the highest turnout of any borough in the county. "This was a great honor," said Newton Borough Council President Frank B. Fabian Jr., who was elected to his third term on the council last month.
April 9, 1989 |
All the candidates in the Winslow Township school board elections were disappointed by the low voter turnout in Tuesday's election in which three incumbents easily won re-election. Of the seven candidates running for the three three-year seats, incumbent Janet Mase received the highest vote total with 520. Elwood C. Heggan, the current board president, got 465 votes, and Salvatore Scardino had 380. Also running were Jacqueline L. Smiley (287), Louis A. Sabec (270), Eileen Serzan (189)
November 7, 1996 |
More than half of America's eligible voters stayed home on Election Day, producing the lowest turnout since 1924, when Calvin Coolidge's campaign didn't excite the electorate, either. Chief among the reasons experts cited was President Clinton's near-certain victory. Final national figures were not yet in yesterday, but Curtis Gans, director of the Committee for Study of the American Electorate, said he expected the turnout to be just under 49 percent of eligible voters. That compares with 55 percent in 1992.
May 20, 1986 |
A mostly light voter turnout, under a steady drizzle, appeared to be in the making for today's Pennsylvania Primary Election. "The turnout has been rather light thus far," said Frederick L. Voight, executive secretary of the Committee of 70, a political watchdog group. "The rain may have something to do with that, but it's not really unpleasant, not heavy rain, so perhaps the turnout will pick up as the day progresses. " Voigt said the committee had had no reports of significant voter problems by early afternoon.
November 11, 1990 |
For months, New Jersey residents have been angry about taxes. But on Tuesday that anger didn't drive an unusually high number of voters to polling booths to register their protests. According to the state Division of Elections, just 52 percent of New Jersey's 3.7 million registered voters showed up at polling booths Tuesday, the lowest turnout in an election with a U.S. Senate seat at the top of the ticket since the state began recording statewide turnout in 1920. Yet turnout in New Jersey was considerably higher than nationwide.
November 6, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER had a lot to say yesterday about Election Day turnout, characterizing the 26 percent voter participation as "a disgrace. " But Nutter directed much of his frustration not at voters, but at City Commissioner Chairman Anthony Clark, who skated to re-election victory on Tuesday without breaking a sweat. In the months leading up to the election, Clark was dogged by media reports that he was a no-show at his City Hall office and he failed to vote, even though a big part of his job, for which he gets paid about $139,000, is to encourage voter participation.