- Mar 05, 2020
Who’s deciding Worcester’s elections? New Worcester Regional Research Bureau report finds small portion of ‘supervoters’ determine city’s municipal elections
Full and original article posted MassLive
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau released a report Thursday morning analyzing the demographics of the electorate in Worcester municipal elections. According to the bureau, the report confirms preconceived notions of a lack of diversity in local voter turnout, and details new information including average ages, “supervoters,” voter housing, racial disparities and polling locations.
The report, titled “Absent Voters: Who is Voting and Not Voting (Yet) in Worcester Municipal Elections,” makes the case that Worcester’s electorate is not representative of the city’s larger community, instead representing a smaller portion of white, middle-class voters that reside in single-family homes. Around 17% of registered voters in Worcester voted in 2019 – 63% of those voters live in a single-family home, compared to 44% of all residents.
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