Dallas & Fort Worth: The Thelma & Louise of Voting

Look at this chart of voter turnout and guess where Dallas and Fort Worth are:

If you haven’t found us, just keep looking right. We are the last two. When it comes time to vote, Dallas & Fort Worth look at each other, hold hands, and instead drive directly off a cliff.

The results are a pile of flaming rubble at the bottom of a canyon. Is this why our streets are crumbling, cops are leaving and pensions are evaporating?

Is it because nobody gives a shit?

Dallas = 6%

Chicago = 33%

Detroit = 25%

Portland = 60%

Houston even TRIPLES Dallas with 18%.

How is that even possible??

There are about 25 census tracts in Dallas where only ~1 in 1000 voting age people voted. 1.7% of people 18–34 voted.

What is it with Dallas that makes us so unengaged?

Here are some maps to see where people are and aren’t voting. This is all from an amazing Portland State study. Learn more here:

whovotesformayor.org

Dallas Voter Maps

Voting age population — turnout

18–34 — turnout

Desert/oasis

Turnout — median age

% unemployment

% minority

median household income

% owner occupied units

% poverty

% bachelors degree or over

We are the kid who thinks he’s too cool in middle school to do homework and ends up digging graves at the cemetery the rest of his life.

Median Age

The median age of voters in Dallas is 62, which is lower than only 4 of the 50 studied:

Palm Beach

Myrtle Beach

Las Vegas

San Antonio

The only cities with older voting populations than DFW are where people go to retire and fill in the holes our non-homework doing gravedigger is digging.

Accountability

With nobody paying attention, if City Hall fucks up they have to answer to an army of 6 sixty-two year old’s.

Vote

So….go vote Saturday and try to follow along. Just to be different. Here are the precincts:

Dallas Voting Precincts

You can look up all information here:

DallasCountyVotes.org

Other Cities Maps:

Portland

Seattle

Fort Worth

Austin

Houston

Chicago

San Antonio

Denver

Detroit

Philadelphia

Phoenix

Los Angeles

Washington DC

San Diego

New York City

Baltimore

Boston

Voter Turnout List

City — Turnout — Median Age

Portland — 59% — 46

Bradenton — 47% — 59

Palm Beach County Zone 4–46% — 63

Louisville — 45% — 55

Seattle — 44% — 50

Lexington — 42% — 52

Grand Forks — 38% -

Boulder — 34% — 54

Chicago — 33% — 53

Macon — 33% — 56

San Diego — 32% — 57

San Francisco — 32% — 52

Jacksonville — 31% — 57

San Jose — 31% — 55

Boston — 30% — 51

Columbus, OH — 30% — 51

Akron — 28% — 56

Duluth — 28% — 57

Detroit — 25% — 57

Nashville — 24% — 58

Philadelphia — 24% — 56

Denver — 23% — 59

Fort Wayne — 22% — 61

Memphis — 22% — 59

Biloxi — 21% -

Washington, DC — 20% -

Los Angeles — 19% — 59

Houston — 18% — 61

Long Beach — 18% — 56

Tallahassee — 17% — 58

Charlotte — 16% — 57

Columbus, GA — 16% — 59

St. Paul — 16% — 55

Baltimore — 15% — 56

Phoenix — 15% — 61

Aberdeen — 14% — 57

Columbia, SC — 14% — 59

New York City — 14% — 57

Wichita — 14% — 62

Austin — 13% — 52

Myrtle Beach — 13% — 64

El Paso — 12% — 59

Miami — 12% — 68

Oklahoma City — 12% — 61

Milledgeville — 11% — 61

San Antonio — 11% — 63

Palm Beach County Zone 6–10% — 60

Las Vegas — 9% — 68

State College — 9% — 58

Fort Worth — 6% — 66

Dallas — 6% — 62