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Who in WFB Votes? Best Streets.

Election, Trustees, Village Board

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
MONROVIA 4   4 100.0%
SCHOOL 3   3 100.0%
KIMBARK 15 3 12 80.0%
MEADOW 30 13 17 56.7%
FLEETWOOD 4 2 2 50.0%
BLACKTHORNE 38 21 17 44.7%
MORRIS 36 20 16 44.4%
LAKE VIEW 120 67 53 44.2%
PALISADES 34 19 15 44.1%
CIRCLE 113 64 49 43.4%
BIRCH 97 55 42 43.3%
WOODBURN 265 152 113 42.6%
FREDERICK 12 7 5 41.7%
NEWHALL 142 84 58 40.8%
WILSHIRE 69 41 28 40.6%
CONSAUL 15 9 6 40.0%
DEVON 10 6 4 40.0%
COURTLAND 79 48 31 39.2%
BRIARWOOD 26 16 10 38.5%
SHEFFIELD 141 87 54 38.3%
HAMPTON 162 101 61 37.7%
DAY 85 53 32 37.6%
LEXINGTON 171 108 63 36.8%
SYLVAN 87 55 32 36.8%
WILDWOOD 74 47 27 36.5%
MAITLAND 22 14 8 36.4%
ELKHART 246 157 89 36.2%
BEAUMONT 89 57 32 36.0%
LAKE HILL 14 9 5 35.7%
MARLBOROUGH 90 58 32 35.6%
CUMBERLAND 292 189 103 35.3%
CARLISLE 88 57 31 35.2%
BELLE 20 13 7 35.0%
SHORE 118 77 41 34.7%
WOODRUFF 182 119 63 34.6%
BERKELEY 589 388 201 34.1%
MURRAY 44 29 15 34.1%
KENT 515 340 175 34.0%
ARDMORE 192 128 64 33.3%
LAKE 567 378 189 33.3%
LAKE DRIVE 15 10 5 33.3%
LANCASTER 67 45 22 32.8%
IDLEWILD 314 211 103 32.8%
WFB AVERAGE       31.8%
GLENDALE 60 41 19 31.7%
HOLLYWOOD 374 256 118 31.6%
SANTA MONICA 597 412 185 31.0%
COLFAX 30 21 9 30.0%
BAY RIDGE 612 432 180 29.4%
SHORELAND 575 407 168 29.2%
CRAMER 86 61 25 29.1%
LYDELL 296 210 86 29.1%
WILSON 7 5 2 28.6%
GLEN 50 36 14 28.0%
DIVERSEY 403 295 108 26.8%
BARTLETT 128 96 32 25.0%
LARKIN 191 144 47 24.6%
FAIRMOUNT 140 108 32 22.9%
LAKE FOREST 53 41 12 22.6%
OAKLAND 110 88 22 20.0%
HENRY CLAY 472 381 91 19.3%
SILVER SPRING 64 52 12 18.8%
MONTCLAIRE 18 15 3 16.7%
DANBURY 20 17 3 15.0%
CHATEAU 213 182 31 14.6%
ANITA 96 87 9 9.4%
                           9,891                     6,744          3,147 31.8%

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