Bainbridge Islanders VoteJanuary 27th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
Give it up for people on the rock, because they’re the most civically engaged people as a bunch than any other city in the state. According to this site, 95 percent of islanders who could vote in November did. The next closest was Mercer Island (This proves my theory that people who live on islands are either worried enough about being surrounded by water and/or creosote to vote or have little else to occupy their time.) with 84 percent. The state average was 61 percent.
There is a little bit of Chicago/Cook County going on here, though. If you go to the earlier post on the same topic, you’ll find this:
Edit: Amusingly, Bainbridge Island has more registered voters than citizens over 18, as of earlier this year. Bainbridge Island totaled 17,091 registrations. The Census estimated it had 16,746 residents over 18. Using 2004 data on citizenship, about 16,226 would be eligible to vote. Assuming that some of those excess registrations are moved residents incorrectly marked as active, and that the population has grown slightly, that’s still nearly universal turnout among eligible voters. Pretty impressive — although not new, the city having seen similar numbers in 2004.
You can insert your own jokes about deceased voters. What I wonder is who are the 5 percent who don’t vote on Bainbridge?