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For fourth municipal election in a row, Concord sees about 15 percent turnout

  • School Board candidates Rusty Cofrin and Chuck Crush stand outside of Ward 10 polling place on Tuesday morning. Caitlin Andrews—

  • Concord City Clerk Janice Bonenfant share preliminary election results with candidates and members of the media at City Hall in Concord on Nov. 7, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz



Monitor staff
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Give Concord voters points for consistency.

For the fourth municipal election in a row, slightly more than 15 percent of the voters cast ballots at the polls. On Tuesday, 4,691 residents went to the polls, out of about 30,000 registered voters, for a turnout average of 15.32 percent.

While the number of registered voters has steadily increased since 2011, the turnout has remained the same during the last three municipal elections in 2011, 2013 and 2015. A note: These data look strictly at Concord city council and mayoral races, and don’t account for turnout when federal or statewide races are on the ballot.

In 2011, turnout was 15.25 percent. In 2013, it was 15.43 percent and in 2015, it was 15.85 percent.

However, looking at ward-by-ward data shows a little more variation.

This year, more than 20 percent of voters showed up in wards 5, 7 and 10, all of which had contested races for seats on the city council. Wards 5 and 10 have historically had the highest turnouts in the last three elections.

On the other end, wards 1 and 2, which had uncontested candidates for council, had turnouts less than 10 percent this time around.

The city’s population has remained relatively stable since 2011, going from 42,514 residents in that year to 42,594 residents in 2013 to 42,390 in 2015, according to estimates from the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. The office estimated the city had 42,501 residents last year. It’s not clear how the changing population has affected the wards; specific data on ward population was not available.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)