Thursday, September 11, 2014

Update to NC's mail-in absentee ballots

We have a new set of data collected by the North Carolina State Board of Elections on requests for mail-in absentee ballots.  This is a second in a series of looking at some of the demographic data from these requests, and ultimately the returned ballots, in looking forward to November's general election.

In the first analysis, we saw a little over 7,500 ballots requested and sent out; this batch gives us 8,899 requests sent out.  Within these ballot requests:

Requests Sent Out for Mail-In Absentee Ballots for 2014 North Carolina General Election as of 9-11-14

In looking at a few key things:

  • Registered Democrats are 41% of the requests, with registered Republicans at 37% and registered unaffiliated voters at 21%. 
  • Ballots going to white voters are 81% of the requests, with black voters at 13%.
  • Women are 56% of the requests, with men just 43%. Within female voters, 45% are registered Democrats, 36% Republicans, and 19% unaffiliated. Within male voters, 37% are registered Democrats, 39% Republicans, and 24% unaffiliated.
  • Average age for requested ballots so far: 64 years old.
  • Congressional District 9 (Republican Incumbent Robert Pittenger running unopposed) has 12% of the requested ballots, while District 6 (Republican Mark Walker vs. Democrat Laura Fjeld) has 11%.