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2008 Early In-Person Voting in Franklin County, Ohio

2008 Early In-Person Voting in Franklin County, Ohio

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Franklin County Board of Elections 8/7/12
2008 Early In-Person Voting
 _____________________________________ Author: Daniel Brill, GIS Analyst Franklin County Board of ElectionsWilliam Anthony, DirectorDana Walch, Deputy Director
Franklin County Board of Elections 8/7/12
This report was conducted to identify when EIP voting was most utilized, to identify spatialpatterns/trends of EIP voters, and to study the racial and ethnic make-up of EIP voters. A file of all 2008EIP voters in Franklin County along with 2010 Census data were used as the basis of this report.This report finds that EIP voting accounted for 9% (51,785) of all ballots cast in 2008. The reportsuggests that 31% of all EIP voters in Franklin County were African American while 65% were white. Thisfigure indicates that a disproportionately higher amount of African Americans utilized EIP voting asAfrican Americans represented only 21% of all ballots cast in 2008. In relation to this finding, the reportfinds that a disproportionately lower number of white voters utilized EIP voting as white voters wereprojected to have constituted 65% of all EIP voters while accounting for 74% of all ballots cast.
Overall itwas concluded that 8% of all white ballots cast were EIP while 13.3% of all African American ballots castwere EIP. This report also indicates that 82% (42,367) of EIP ballots cast were during either afterhourson weekdays, on weekends, or the Monday before the election; all of which time periods are scheduledto be discontinued in 2012.
The study also shows that 67% of all weekday EIP voting took place after5pm.
Analysis of EIP voting from Friday through Monday before the 2008 election shows that an evenhigher amount of African Americans (34%) utilized this period to cast their votes. Furthermore, thisreport finds that amongst EIP voters, registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans by aratio of 3.8:1 whereas all 2008 voters represented a ratio of 2.3:1.
Figures for the Hispanic populationwere relatively consistent as both EIP and overall voting figures show a number representing about 2%of the whole.In addition to the statistical analysis, maps comparing African American population density andEIP voter density show an apparent spatial correlation.
A list of all Franklin County early in-person voters and their addresses was used to place eachindividual voter as a point on a map. A 2010 Census map at the block-group level was used to place eachvoter into one of the 886 block-groups in Franklin County. (A census block-group is a geographical unitused by the US Census Bureau. It is the smallest geographical unit for which the bureau publishessample data, i.e. data which is only collected from a fraction of all households.) 2010 Censusdemographic data was used to determine the percentage of specific races and ethnicities within eachblock-group. The number of voters in each block-group was summed and then multiplied by thepercentage of African American, White, and Hispanic population within each block group. For example:A block group with 100 voters and a 75% white population would yield 75 white voters.To find a baseline summary for racial and ethnic proportions of all 2008 voters 60,000 ballotscast from 2008 were chosen at random and then joined to Census block-group data in the same manneras the EIP ballots described above.
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Side by Side Comparison Map
Franklin County Board of Elections 8/7/12Voters wait outside Veterans MemorialA line of voters curves around outside and continues deep inside building.

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