Anatomy of an Election: Inside the 2018 Election Results of Clayton Borough
Vote totals are in, we know who won, and now we can focus on the Christmas holidays.
But, since many readers “live, play, work and pray” in Clayton, we wanted to share some “inside” information you generally don’t see in the “paid” media. Presented below is a basic “top line” analysis of the November 6th local voting results.
As you know, Clayton is segmented into six voting districts (you can see a full size map by checking out the “flip book”. If you want your very own PDF copy, just email us – it’s FREE.
As of November 6th, Clayton had 5,892 registered voters, and 3,182 of them went to the polls, or voted absentee. That’s a 54.0% turn-out. Not bad for an “off year” election, but that also means that 2,710 people who could vote, made the deliberate decision not to do so.
In our Borough election, Frank Brown and Frank Rollo “rolled” into office without opposition. Congratulations Frank and Frank. Mr. Brown received 2,274 votes, while Mr. Rollo pulled 2,282 votes – a scant eight vote difference. But this also means that an average of 904 voters who DID go to the polls DID NOT vote for a Borough Council candidate. If you are keeping score, that means that more than 3,600 registered voters DID NOT VOTE in our local election. Our turn-out rate for local contests Clayton-wide dropped to 38.7%.
Excluding “early voting ballots”, the gap in both overall turn-out and local candidate “non-voting” differed in each Division. The single largest Division for registered voters was #3, with 1,088 people. Nearly 43% of them voted on election day, but that also means that 622 people who could vote didn’t. That’s a lot of taxpayers. Another 120 voters who made it to the polls didn’t feel compelled to vote for a Borough Council member. If you live there, didn’t vote and have a problem with Borough services or decisions – complain to the person in the mirror.
The smallest Division is #5, with 814 registered voters. Only 39.7% of them went to the polls. With another 63 voters not casting a ballot for a Borough Council member, that brings the “local election” turn-out rate down to only 32%. Again – problem + complaint = mirror.
The widest “gap” of persons tendering a ballot but not voting for a local candidate was 36.9%. That was in Division #6. In this Division, 1,083 people are registered, 547 of them turned out to vote (50.5%!), but 202 of them didn’t vote for a local candidate. That’s 738 taxpayers not interested enough to “vote local”.
So, to the approximately 3,600 registered voters who didn’t cast a ballot for local Borough Council members, have faith – maybe the other 2,278 people who did vote local share your same values, interests and concerns – or, maybe not. Time will tell.
Complete division-level election results can be seen below.
And by the way – WE are NOT running for office, no matter what the politicians say.