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Bainbridge Islanders Vote

January 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?

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3 Responses to “Bainbridge Islanders Vote”

  1. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    People who live on islands are special, close and help each other.
    BI people put their money where their life is. They care about quality life and support their lifestyle.
    They respect their seniors and support them and their activities. How many other places toss their seniors to the winds when they are less than fully productive?
    Funny thing, children usually emulate their parents and will treat them as they saw their parents treat their parents and the seniors in their community. …as I see it.

    You can tell by what each town offers their seniors.
    Bremerton has an active Senior program and parks department but not the walking paths BI supports for ALL their citizens..

  2. Tom Rosendale Says:

    That is an incredible statistic.
    I don’t know whether to applaud or cry.

    It is certainly indicative of some other uncharacteristic factor. I don’t see how research into this would not be revealing and interesting.

  3. Cean Says:

    Bainbridge Island is a little like a very small town. I know a lot of people who live on the island, and they still don’t lock their doors to their houses or to their cars.

    I wonder if the registered voters include grown children who have since moved away, but never changed their registration. I can’t otherwise explain why they would have more registered voters than citizens over 18. I suppose the nonvoters might be those same grown children.

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