Voting in Georgetown was light on Tuesday, even for an “off-year.” The number of voters who showed up was down from 2006 (the last “off-year”) both as a matter of percentage of registered voters as well as in real numbers:
- Registered voters: 8856
- Turnout: 1891
- Percent: 21%
- Registered voters: 9411
- Turnout: 1803
- Percent: 19%
Interestingly, while the total amount of voters showing up was off about 5%, the number of those voters who bothered to cast a vote for ANC was off by 10%.
Look how it breaks down by candidate:
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Every candidate saw fewer votes than they (or their predecessor) received in 2006. Lewis and Starrels saw a few more write-in votes. And Jake Sticka won with a grand total of 6 vote. With the exception of Sticka’s small total, each of the candidates won easily, but GM’s scratching his head wondering why so many Georgetowners decided to skip this section this year.
As for the big votes, there were much bigger changes there. For one, Fenty won Georgetown with somewhere around 860 votes to 767. For that, GM is assuming that almost all the write-in votes went to Fenty. For what it’s worth only 25 voters cast write-in votes in 2006. If even twice that number wrote in someone other than Fenty, he’d still beat Gray.
The East Village went more strongly for Fenty than the West Village, giving him 52% of their vote compared with the 47% that the west side gave him. There were only 12 more write-ins than Gray votes in the West Village, so perhaps Gray actually took that precinct, but GM doesn’t know yet for sure.
And it’s unlikely that Fenty simply won with Georgetown’s Republican voters. In 2006, the Republican mayoral candidate only won 17% of the vote in Georgetown. In 2008, John McCain won about 21% of Georgetown’s votes. That’s probably about the percentage of Republicans in Georgetown. So clearly a lot of Democrats in Georgetown are unhappy enough with Gray to cast a protest vote. (Of course, one of the organizers of the small Write-In Fenty group is John Hlinko, a Georgetown resident. So that may have contributed to the high numbers.)