On November 19th Vancouver voted and on November 20th, data geeks were having at it. On election night, it was fun just watching the results roll in on the city map, with each division going either red or green. And it was a nail-biter (I don't think I was the only one screaming for last hold-out in the West End to report) that made all the difference for the Green Party's Adriane Carr who beat out COPE's Ellen Woodsworth by 90 votes for the 10th and final Councillor spot. It does go to show you that every vote counts.
At the end of the spectacle, we had a city that was very much green with some significant pockets of red:
Frances Bula posted shows a bit more detail:
click on this link to see the details:
One other thing that most remarked was how low the voter turnout was at 35%. Here's a map the shows the percentage turnout by division:
ancouver's participation has ALWAYS been. So this election and the last one isn't really out the ordinary. On the contrary, an election with higher than 50% turn out would be out of the ordinary. Still, doesn't make it right.
Over all, what does this tell us about our city? It seems to reaffirm that people tend to gravitate to places/neighbourhoods in the city that they identity with and that they chose to surround themselves with like-minded people. Or, maybe that because of certain constraints (like income) we end up living with and socializing with similar people?
Did you learn anything about your neighbourhood from the way that it voted?
Also, check out fellow blogger, Canadian Veggie, for his analysis which is super interesting.