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Oregon voter turnout was 69.5 percent, and Democrats won BIG

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  1. skeptical
    Member

    Like I've been saying, for a blue future, it's vote by mail.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/06/1342546/-Oregon-voter-turnout-was-69-5-and-Democrats-won-BIG?detail=email#

    Oregon has mail-in voting, no serious efforts at voter disenfranchisement, and an engaged populace. Here's the big one:

    Out of the 2.2 million registered voters in Oregon, 69.5 percent, or 1,519,804, returned ballots.

    Which is actually a point and a half down from the 2010 midterm.

    And the result?

    Despite a huge Koch cash dump, liberal Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley re-elected in a landslide.
    Despite a relentless smear campaign by the state's largest (but shrinking) newspaper, Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term.
    The Democrats' state House majority expanded.
    The Democrats' state Senate majority expanded by the critical seat that will neutralize a conservadem who had been gumming up the works, with a second possible pickup still too close to call.
    Marijuana easily legalized.
    An equal rights amendment resoundingly passed.
    Top two primaries resoundingly rejected.

    A couple of other good ballot measures failed, but overall this was a wide and deep sweep for Oregon Democrats, who continue to hold all statewide offices, and four of five Congressional seats.

    It's easy to point to Oregon's overall liberal population, but that liberal population's political success also could be used as an excuse for many not to vote. But 69.5 percent did vote, which may be pathetic by international standards, but is astonishing by American standards. Voting is made easy, voting is encouraged, people vote, and Democrats won big. There's a lesson or two in there.

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 02:04 AM #
  2. Deane Johnson
    Member

    "Voting is made easy, voting is encouraged, people vote, "

    But, they vote wrong. If you could just get that part fixed, you'd be on a winning course.

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 05:13 AM #
  3. Brianl
    Member

    I wouldn't say Oregon is overall liberal. Portland and Eugene are extremely left-leaning pockets, in an otherwise extremely conservative state.

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 05:44 AM #
  4. stevethedj
    Member

    I like a large turnout each election. We all need to be good citizens and vote. 8)

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 07:15 AM #
  5. Andrew
    Member

    There are two ways to measure "voter turnout:" the proportion of registered voters who turned out (69.5% in Oregon this election) and the proportion of Voting Eligible Population (VEP) that turned out. Most elections analysts care more about the latter, VEP, when talking about voter turnout.

    Check out the state by state VEP here (page down for it):

    http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2014/11/5/why-the-real-electionturnoutwasfarlowerthanreported.html

    Oregon's VEP was only 45.8% - higher than national average but not impressive. That means less than half of eligible Oregon voters bothered to vote on Tuesday. Wisconsin's was 56.5% in re-electing Scott Walker. Maine's was 56.9% in re-electing Paul LePage. Generally, states with hot election races have the highest turnout. Oregon obviously didn't, at least not in terms of candidates.

    The biggest drops between 2010 and 2014 were in Washington State (28%(!!!) vs 53.1% in 2010) and in California (21.4% - HALF of what it was in 2010). This shows what happens with those stupid "top-2 open primary" laws. Thank goodness Oregon rejected Measure 90. I suspect CA and WA will be repealing or changing theirs soon.

    The 69.5% of REGISTERED Oregon Voters is a good measure of our voting system, though. But it seems our voter registration is behind other states.

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 10:35 AM #
  6. duxrule
    Member

    "But, they vote wrong. If you could just get that part fixed, you'd be on a winning course."

    There's a respectful viewpoint. :roll:

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 10:58 AM #
  7. NoParty
    Member

    Deane said>>>
    But, they vote wrong. If you could just get that part fixed, you'd be on a winning course.

    Like the White House for you radical extremists CONs right? In Oregon Deane, they do vote RIGHT. Just not YOUR right. Thank God!

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 03:33 PM #
  8. jr_tech
    Member

    "But, they vote wrong. If you could just get that part fixed, you'd be on a winning course."

    I assume that you voted *right* or even *far right*... or did you even vote this time?

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 03:47 PM #
  9. skeptical
    Member

    "I wouldn't say Oregon is overall liberal."

    I have to disagree. Votes aren't weighed by the amount of acreage behind them.

    Oregon's election results speak for itself. The GOP got absolutely clobbered here during a red tide. The GOP can't even win a state wide election. This can't be because they don't have good candidates. Rational thinking Republicans like Allen Alley learned they can't win.

    California, another liberal state, actually lost Democrat seats in their assembly although they still hold a majority.

    Posted on November 9, 2014 - 06:36 PM #