Saturday, June 10, 2006
Election results from the recent Primary election in California.
Adults 18 and over eligible to vote: 22,542,844
Eligible voters that have registered to vote: 15,668,439 -- 69.51%; down from 74.80% in '94
Registered voters that actually voted: 4,719,473 -- 30.12% down from 43.20 in '94
Voters that actually voted as a percent of elegible voters: 20.93 -- down from 33.43 in '94
Remember, 50% + 1 is a majority in most elections. In the recent California Primary Election of 2006, the one where these figures apply, less than 10.5% of those elegible to vote can AND DID win the election.
In a recent blog Taking a Look Behind the Numbers," I reported on a Poll Smoking segment on The Daily Show with John Stewart, where fake analyst Dave Gorman humorously showed how 34% is more than enough to win an election - and this is a frighteningly true point as the California figures above prove. Gorman's use of statistics to make his points is definitely humorous - but extremely serious. It's a must see routine so be sure to click through and watch the segment.
The segment is humorous but the numbers aren't. To me, they are downright scary.
Posted by Frank Tobe at 6/10/2006 01:03:00 PM