Why there wasn't a line to vote

Obama and Kerry.jpg

Obama had to have done better than Kerry here, right? Yes and no.

Despite all the talk about huge voter turnout across the country on Tuesday, we didn't notice especially long lines (or any lines, really) here in the Capital Region. Well, after taking a look at vote totals from this year and four years ago, it starts to make some sense.

In fact, the way the Capital Region voted this time around was kind of weird compared to the rest of the country. Let's take a look at the totals...

As you can see, the number of Capital Region votes cast in the presidential election was down compared to four years ago. Also somewhat unexpected to us given all the excitement over Obama: John Kerry got almost as many votes in the Capital Region four years as Barack Obama did this year. (Obama got a larger percentage of the vote, though, as it seems many local Republicans stayed home this year.) In fact, if it weren't for Saratoga leaning toward Obama, he might not have equaled Kerry's vote total.

And why weren't there big lines in the Capital Region on Tuesday? Well, about 20,000 fewer people voted here compared to four years ago.

All numbers pulled from the NYT election map.

(Thanks to TQL for suggesting the 2008/2004 comparison.)

Obama photo: Flicr user Lost Albatross | Kerry photo: Flickr user cliff1066

Comments

I don't know if you care to go through the trouble of updating your graphic, but your spreadsheet has a cut-and-paste error. Your Rensselaer county "other" numbers are the same as the overall "other" numbers, and so that can't be right. If you did what I think you did, the Rensselaer county number of third-party voters is 1150 for about 1.7% of the countywide vote (which aligns with the other counties quite well).

I won't tell anyone if you won't -- I'm almost willing to bet a dollar that I'm the only one that would notice something like that. :-)

Maybe its because neither candidate bothered to campaign in the area. You would think the capital of the state with the third-highest number of electoral votes would get some campaigning action, but no. (Or am I mistaken about that? - I followed the election, but then again I barely follow local news)

@James: You're right. It's fixed now. Thanks. We really do appreciate it when people point stuff like that out.

There were lines at Albany School of Humanities. Some people apparently waited more than an hour.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A tiny place (almost anywhere) in the Adirondacks

This made us smile: There's a tiny, mobile cabin that you can via Airbnb for use in the Adirondacks. From the listing for "The Green... (more)

Morning Blend

Fatal shooting in Schenectady Schenectady police say an 18-year-old man was shot and killed in Hamilton Hill Monday night (map). SPD says it's investigating. [Daily... (more)

This is why that blimp was over the Capital Region

@alloveralbany the other day I did, seen from crossgates pic.twitter.com/UlZosRFDSe— Mary Beth Frezon (@mbquilts) July 27, 2015 We heard from a handful of people Monday... (more)

That time it was 104 degrees in Albany

Because it's sure to come up this week as we approach of string of forecasted 90something-degree days: The highest daily temperature on record for the... (more)

"There is little precedent for an increase of this magnitude."

Over at NYT, Noam Scheiber has an interesting look at the some of the research regarding minimum wage increases and what it might say as... (more)

Recent Comments

... It's time for the working people in this country to rise up and fight against unmitigated greed and profit by corporations at the expense of PEOPLE. Every single person complaining about working people earning a living wage needs to take a serious look in the mirror and realize you are part of the problem. ...

New York State set to raise fast food minimum wage to $15 per hour

...has 22 comments, most recently from JR

Where the wild things aren't... yet

...has 9 comments, most recently from Russ Newell

Dosas at Parivar

...has 7 comments, most recently from Shadi

For sale: caboose

...has 3 comments, most recently from Matthew

Bye, bye, Miss American Pie...

...has 4 comments, most recently from Bob A. Woodwind Dr Vville