Maps show support for City Council winners
on November 26, 2012
More than 31,300 voters in Richmond cast a ballot this year, a 10 percent decrease from the last presidential election, according to numbers updated on the Contra Costa County’s election division site on Nov. 17. In 2008, more than 35,000 voters in the city cast a ballot, which was 84 percent of registered voters. This year the voter turnout in the city was just under 72 percent.
Below are maps that show where the three City Council winners– Nat Bates, Tom Butt and Gary Bell– received their votes. Bates received the most votes overall, with Butt second and Bell third. Butt received the highest percentage of support (69 percent) in a single precinct.
As you can see from the maps, Butt received the largest percentage of votes from precincts in the western area of the city including Point Richmond, where he lives, while Bates and Bell got the most support in the precincts in the middle of the city. What do you think the data reveals about where and why the three candidates got their biggest support? Share your perspective in the comments section below.
Richmond Confidential welcomes comments from our readers, but we ask users to keep all discussion civil and on-topic. Comments post automatically without review from our staff, but we reserve the right to delete material that is libelous, a personal attack, or spam. We request that commenters consistently use the same login name. Comments from the same user posted under multiple aliases may be deleted. Richmond Confidential assumes no liability for comments posted to the site and no endorsement is implied; commenters are solely responsible for their own content.
Richmond Confidential is an online news service produced by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for, and about, the people of Richmond, California. Our goal is to produce professional and engaging journalism that is useful for the citizens of the city.
Please send news tips to email@example.com.