Nationwide Voter Stat’s Election 2016 ( 56 % National Voter Turnout )
More than 46 million people had already voted before Election Day 2016, breaking early voting records.
According to the United States Elections Project, preliminary total suggests that only 56% of eligible voters actually voted this year. (If those numbers hold, that would be the lowest turnout since the Bush-Kerry election in 2004)
The highest overall voter turnout in the last 25 years, was 131 million Americans in the 2008 contest between Barack Obama and John McCain, according to the American Presidency Project. This year’s turnout would have to surpass that mark to set the new record.
(Democrat Samuel J. Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, when 83% eligible voters turned out. That election was similarly contentious to this year’s, with Hayes squeaking out a victory of 185-184 electoral votes. – history.com )
New Mexico 2016 Voter Stat’s (Secretary of State’s Website)
Statewide 1,289,414 Eligible Registered Voters
Statewide 794,959 Ballots were cast
2016 Registered Voters by Political Party in New Mexico
D – 47% R – 31% 3rd Party – 19% Other – 3%
New Mexico vote percentages
2012: 53.0% Democratic / 42.8% Republican
2008: 56.9% Democratic / 41.8% Republican
2004: 49.0% Democratic / 49.8% Republican
2000: 47.9% Democratic / 47.8% Republican
U.S. vote percentages
2012: 51.1% Democratic / 47.2% Republican
2008: 52.9% Democratic / 45.7% Republican
2004: 48.3% Democratic / 50.7% Republican
2000: 48.4% Democratic / 47.9% Republican
Bernalillo County 60.6 % Turnout
Santa Fe County 72.0 % Turnout
Highest in NM
Los Alamos County 76.5% Turnout
Lowest in NM
Curry County 49.4% Turnout
2018 Potential Governor’s Race Candidates
Attorney General Hector Balderas (D)
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry (R)
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R)
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D)
Rep. Steve Pearce (R)
Rep. Bill McCamley (D)
*With cannabis reform measures on the ballot in nine states from Election 2016 and the results show some interesting aspects of the election;
Adult Use Legalization Ballots –
ARIZONA Proposition 205 YES 47.8% NO 52.2% (Fail)
CALIFORNIA Proposition 64 YES 55.6% NO 44.4% (Passed)
MAINE Question 1 YES 50.5% NO 49.5% (Passed)
MASSACHUSETTS Question 4 YES 53.5% NO 46.5% (Passed)
NEVADA Question 2 YES 54.3% NO 45.7% (Passed)
*In the three states that legalized adult use Clinton carried those states
Medical Cannabis Ballots-
ARKANSAS Issue 6 YES 53.1% NO 46.9% (Passed)
FLORIDA Amendment 2 YES 71.2% NO 28.8% (Passed)
MONTANA Initiative 182 YES 56.3% NO 43.7% (Passed)
NORTH DAKOTA Measure 5 YES 63.6% NO 36.4% (Passed)
*In the four states that all approved the medical cannabis laws were all won by Trump
Supporters of using the electoral vote argue that it protects the rights of smaller states and is a cornerstone of American federalism. States can design their own mechanism — without federal involvement — for choosing their electors.
Another advantage is that the impact of any state-level problems, such as fraud, is localized. No political party can commit large-scale fraud in any one state to dramatically influence an election.
It should be noted that the Electoral College merely follows from state influence in Congress, which enacts laws and acts as an inherent checks-and-balances mechanism for the president’s administration. That is to say representation for various states in Congress is also not directly proportional to their population.
Disadvantages of the Electoral College
Critics of the system that uses the electoral vote to choose a president argue that the system is unfair. They say that the system is undemocratic because the number of electoral votes is not directly proportional to the population of the state. This gives smaller states a disproportionate influence in presidential elections. For example, Hawaii has a population of only 1.36 million but has 4 electoral votes while Oregon has a population 3 times that size (3.8 million) but only 7 electoral votes. If the power of a single vote were calculated in terms of number of number of people per electoral vote, states like New York (519,000 people per electoral vote) and California (508,000 people per electoral vote) would lose. The winners would be states like Wyoming (143,000 people per electoral vote) and North Dakota (174,000 people per electoral vote).
Another criticism is that the electoral vote system does not penalize a state for low voter turnout or for disenfranchising its citizens (such as convicted felons, or, historically, slaves and women) The state gets the same number of votes regardless of whether voter turnout is 40% or 60%. In a popular vote, states with higher turnout will directly increase their influence in the outcome of the presidential race. ( history.com )
By Jason Barker
A Joint Production by Duke City Fitness & Wellness & Lynn & Erin Compassionate Use Act Patient’s Coalition of New Mexico ~ A GrassRoots Movement!
(All Rights Reserved 04/20/2016)