What does this measure?
Voter Elligibility, Registration, and Participation rates in Presidential, Municipal, and General elections since 2000. Additionally shows Party Registration by House, Senate, and Congressional districts.
Why is this important?
This analyzes how many people are potentially able to vote, a basic right of all citizens. Changes in size of the voting-age population can affect the dynamics of local elections. Registration and Participation indicates the citizenry's interest, commitment and belief in the value of participating in our political process.
How is Erie County doing?
The participation rates among voters depends on the type of election, with highest participation in Presidential elections (67%), less in General (45%), and lowest in Municipal (29%) since 2000. Party registration shows a higher number of registered Democrats. Overall, registration is trending positively, with a higher percentage of eligible voters registered in 2017 (88%) than any year since 2009 (90%).
EVS analyzes the data in each topic category using indicators, which report a targeted and digestible number, rate, or amount to represent Erie County as a whole. While this does not cover every aspect of the topic, it assists in establishing Erie's performance relative to the prior year(s). The indicators for the Community: Voter Participation topic are:
This indicator measures the change in voter-age population in Erie County. The trend for Eligible Voters is down and worse from 2016 to 2017, with a reported decrease of -0.42% within the County, representing -914 individuals.
This indicator measures the percentage of elligible voters who have registered to vote for latest election. The trend for Voter Registration is up and better from 2016 to 2017, with a reported increase of +0.2% within the County. While the trend of voter registration increasing is positive for Erie County, it can not be entirely attributed to increased civic engagement, as the decline in Erie's younger population can also affect this rate.
This indicator measures the percentage of participatory voters compared to total elligible voters in Erie County for latest election. The trend for Voter Particpation is down and worse from 2016 to 2017, with a reported decrease of -30.9% within the County. This can be explained from the election cycle, with 2017 being a municipal election year following the 2016 presidential election. Municipal elections have a significantly lower turnout than Presidential or General.
How does Erie compare to its Peers?
How does Erie compare to Pennsylvania?
About this Data
Data from PA Department of State as of 2018.
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