San Francisco Voting Results

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Not surprising that San Francisco voted overwhelmingly for Obama, although the magnitude for Obama was significant at 83%.  I wonder if there are any other cities or counties in America that voted as overwhelmingly for Obama.  I also wonder which cities or counties voted most overwhelmingly for Romney.

Also of interest was turnout in San Francisco at 56%, which seems low to me.  We are looking into historical turnout nationwide and how it compares to the recent election.  Almost half of those who voted in San Francisco did so by mail, which seems like a big number and I’m curious as to how that compares to the past.  My sense (unconfirmed) is that vote-by-mail has been increasing, which is unusual given my other suspicion (mostly unconfirmed) that snail mail has been losing share to e-mail in the last 15 years.  I think likely that the voters who prefer vote-by-mail to physically going to a polling station would prefer online voting even more so, but online voting is not available.

Follow up #1:  Politico has a great site with election information by county.  I looked at one state and found a number of lop-sided counties for Romney, but was also interested to find a number of lop-sided counties for Obama in Alabama.  http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/president/alabama/

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