Eugene and Springfield Turnout in Recent Special Elections


This compares turnout in recent special elections in Eugene and Springfield. Each city’s voters faced at least one money measure on the ballot during each election.

Several observations stand out: 1. Eugene’s turnout exceeded Springfield’s in every election – sometimes by a lot! 2. Springfield’s turnout has been more stable. 3. Contrary to some reports, this past November’s turnout was not especially low for a special election with money measures.

Money measures by election by relevent jurisdiction:
May 2013: Lane and Eugene
May 2015: Lane
Nov. 2015: Eugene and Springfield

In general money measures drive turnout in special elections. All else equal, the turnout roughly doubles.

Source of data: Lane County Elections

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