Early Voting Weekend Totals: Past Performance is No Indicator of Future Results (Except When It Is)
With early voting drawing to a close, turnout in the Austin city elections saw an expected uptick.
Friday turnout – 2,449 votes in all – broke this election’s previous best of nearly 2,200 on the first day of early voting. Turnout was similar on Saturday, with a total of 2,358 votes, before dropping off on Sunday, with only 897 ballots cast. Total overall turnout for early voting is now 13,713, or 2.87% of registered voters.
KUT News had previously described turnout as on track to beat 2011, Austin’s last City Council election, but possibly not 2009, Austin’s last mayoral election. And as depicted in the graph above, that prediction looks about right. Plotting the first seven days of early voting from 2009, 2011 and 2012, this election cycle’s turnout is solidly lodged between Austin’s last two contests.
If the past is any predictor, look for a (relative) surge in early voting today and tomorrow – the last day early voting is available before Election Day this Saturday, May 12. You can vote at any one of the 18 polling places KUT News has mapped for you below.
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