Thursday, November 6, 2008

Boston Vote Strength Comparison

The following table shows how this year's presidential election vote cast in Boston compares with figures from the three previous presidential elections. For the most part, the figures show more relative gains in areas dominated by people of color--Chinatown, Roxbury, Mattapan, and parts of Dorchester.

Compared with the election of November, 2004, the number of registered voters in Boston had risen by 26.7% to 380,881. Despite the increase in the number of votes cast, there was also an increase in the number of eligible persons who didn’t vote. That’s why this year’s voter turnout (61.57%) was lower than the figure four years ago (68.61%).

For video reports on election day in Boston and reaction in Dudley Square the morning after the election, go to NNNonline.