That didn't explain, for me, how that would have affected things. After all, they are required, as I pointed out in the previous post, to have enough ballots to take care of a 70% turnout. Normal turnouts for Municipal elections range from low 20% range to the mid 30% range. The numbers on the election results from last night show turnout at 26.82%.
Registered Voters 204838 - Cards Cast 54946 26.82%So, they had 54,946 people vote. 70% of registered voters (204,838) would have been 143,386 ballots. If they had that many ballots ready, even if 20,000 unregistered voters showed up, that shouldn't have put any strain on their supply of ballots. But people kept talking about high turnout.
Num. Report Precinct 121 - Num. Reporting 118 97.52%
The Anchorage Daily News has a story titled "Voter turnout creates ballot shortage" and quotes Municipal Clerk, Barbara Gruenstein:
Past Election Results. I got this year's numbers from this year's election results page.
[UPDATE April 23: The total number of ballots listed in the April 20, 2012 Election Summary Report is 71,099. That comes out to 240 more votes than the 2006 election. So this was a 'big' turn out by Municipal election standards, but only barely higher than the second highest count two mayoral elections back.]
# of Voters % of Registered V's 2006 Mayoral 70,859 35.18% 2007 Assembly 62,071 32.13% 2008 Assembly 46,850 23.36% 2009 Mayoral 58,714 29.92% 2010 Assembly 39,096 19.42% 2011 Assembly 45,200 22.9% 2012 Mayoral 54,946 26.82%
The numbers are as of 11:48 pm Tuesday night, 118 out of 121 precincts reporting.
Even if 10,000 more votes were outstanding, this year's total would not be a record in either total number or percentage of voters. Is there something I'm missing?
As it stands, the turnout is less than the previous two mayoral elections.
What makes more sense, if lots of unregistered folks showed up, was that they ran out of questioned ballots. There were stories of people crossing out the