- The median age of local voters is 57 years old.
- City residents 65 and older were 15 times more likely to cast a ballot than younger residents between the ages of 18 and 34. In other words, young moms and dads are less likely to vote in local elections.
- Turnout varies dramatically by neighborhood. There are “voting deserts,” typically corresponding to less affluent neighborhoods and communities of color.
Why Parents Should Vote Local on Election Day
In the hubbub of this year’s Presidential election, it’s easy to focus all of our energy there or to tune out altogether. But did you know that in most major cities, fewer than 15% of voters turn out to vote in mayoral elections? That’s 15% of voters, not 15% of the city’s population. (The study did not look at voting for city council members, school boards, or other local races, but the numbers are probably similar or worse.) And local elections matter tremendously because they have a direct impact on what happens in your home, school, and workplace. A recent article from CityLab points out trends discovered in a recent Portland State University study. In addition to the shockingly low local turnout, most local voters are considerably older and more affluent than the population generally. In fact, the study found that: