Voter registration roles are public information .. the data for WFB is interesting. There's a record for each of the 9,892 registered voters in Whitefish Bay, detailing their name, address, and voting record. Yup. I know if you, William Whitefishbay of 1234 Henry Clay, voted or not. If you lived on Henry Clay, there's an 81% chance you didn't vote. More about that later.
The data for the April 2008 election is not out, except for knowing that there was a 43% turnout.
I crunched the numbers from the April 2007 election to compare two similar elections. In 2007, 4 candidates were on the ballot for Village Trustee (Brennan, Roemer, Foster, Anderko) .. and there was a WI Supreme Court race with two candidates, Ziegler and Clifford. 2008 had a contested Village Trustee race (Fee, Siegel, Fehring) and a WI SC race, Butler and Gableman.
2007 Compares to 2008 in that, for both years, there were WI Supreme Court races, and a contested Village Trustee race. 2008 also had a Milwaukee County Executive Race (Scott Walker/Taylor), a WFB Judge Race, and the Frankenstein Referendum -- It is interesting that voter participation went from 32% in April 2007, to 44% in 2008.
I'm not sure how to explain that 12 point, 37% increase in participation from 2007 to 2008. Maybe it was the Walker/Taylor race.. or the 100s of ads for State Supreme Court, but were there more ads for the 2008 SSC race, than the 2007 SSC race? In comparison, Shorewood's turnout rate stayed around 34% for both April 2007 and April 2008. So if the ads motivated WFB residents to vote, it should have also motivated Shorewood's residents. And it did not.
Maybe WFB's voter increase had something to do with the nature of the Trustee race? You could theorize that Villagers have been inundated with Silver Spring business closures over the past 12 months, which may have spurred people to vote. Heck, I suppose one difference between 2007 and 2008 is that no one wrote extensive Candidate Profiles (cough, cough) in 2007, so who knows .. maybe this very blog made a difference, yielding a more informed electorate and higher turnout. (I'd like to think I helped out.)
Ok .. enough with that. Here's a table of a street-by-street breakdown of who voted in WFB for the April 2007 election.
Clearly, short streets shouldn't win the prize for "Best Voters" .. I think that prize goes to streets like Lake View, Circle, Birch, Woodburn and Newhall. Chateau, Anita, and Henry Clay are where the slackers live.
|StreetName||Registered Voters||DIDN'T VOTE||VOTED||% Vote|