Election day and the weather: Will the sun up the turnout?

Kenney election day

As of 1 p.m. today, the temperature was about 72 degrees. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and in the sun it felt downright summery.

So will it be good for voting? Probably not.

As voter turnout has declined over the last few city elections, the weather has mostly been like today’s. Here are the highest recorded temperatures from the November city elections since 1999.

  • 2015: 72 (as of 1 p.m.)
  • 2011: 72
  • 2007: 54 (rain)
  • 2003: 70
  • 1999: 68 (rain)

Voter turnout in 1999 was 45 percent and in 2003 it was 50 percent. Philly really started to experience a plunge in 2007, when turnout was about 27 percent. 2011 featured 20 percent turnout.

And for the record, it was 83 this May during the primary election. About 27 percent of registered voters came out to vote.

 

 

Mornings in the know

Sign up for Billy Penn’s free morning newsletter for a daily roundup of Philadelphia’s most pressing news, top interesting stories, fun tidbits, and relevant events.

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn article!

We don’t have a paywall, and never will. Instead, we depend on readers like you to keep our newsroom jamming on stories about Philadelphia. If you like what you see, will you support our work?

Thanks for reading a Billy Penn story

We don’t have a paywall, and our daily newsletter is free. Instead, YOU are key to keeping our nonprofit newsroom running strong. If you like what you see, will you join as a member today?

This story was powered by readers

Readers like you make articles like this possible, so thanks for your support. Want to make sure we stick around? Become a sustainer with a recurring contribution!

Tell a friend about Billy Penn

Thanks for reading another article — and we’re grateful for your support! Want to help a friend start their day with Billy Penn? Send them to our newsletter signup page.