I'm bugged by the low turnout for Madison's city election yesterday. MDL says 11% of you bothered to vote. If you don't want to vote, perhaps you could at least do us the favor of extending the franchise to us country folks who do?
But maybe Madison already has. Consider these numbers:
- Registered voters in Madison: 5201.
- Population of Madison (2000 Census): 6540.
- Madison residents 18 and older (2000 Census): 5148.
- Adult percentage of Madison population (2000): 78.7%.
- Estimated Madison population in 2007 (SD Gov's Office Ec. Dev.): 6319.
- Estimated adult population (based on 2000 adult percentage): 4974.
- Percentage of Americans registered to vote: 73.5%.
- Number of registered we'd expect to find in Madison if we followed the national rate of voter registration: 3656.
Of course, with 11% of that inflated total showing up to vote, maybe it's not a big deal. But somebody's numbers are off, either the city, the state, or the U.S. Census.