Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday Short Subjects: How New Haven Voted Last Tuesday

The candidate we supported in the 2013 mayoral race in New Haven was not elected last week. Justin Elicker fought a good fight, was gracious in defeat, and thanked all of his supporters for their efforts on his behalf. 

The winner, Toni Harp, had the backing of the Democratic Party, including public endorsements from the governor and CT’s US Congressional delegation. Yet the race was far closer than many had imagined it would be. Toni Harp received 11,363 votes to Justin Elicker’s 9,425 votes — a difference of less than 1000 votes [Thanks to Helen Bennett of the New Haven Register for sharing the official results.]

The weather was perfect on Election Day —  blue skies, seasonal temperatures. Yet, the next mayor was chosen by just over 29% of New Haven’s voters. That’s correct. According to Bennett’s figures, a mere 21,120 of the 72,278 eligible to participate in the election chose to vote in this year’s mayor’s race

What a shame.

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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