ASUCD Election Data & History

Voter Turnout

Table of Contents
Notes about the Charts
Notes about the Graphs
Election Turnout Chart
Fall vs. Winter
Fall Election Chart
Winter Election Chart

Notes about the Charts

Number of Voters (Turnout)
The Number of Voters (Turnout) in the tables below are based on the highest number found for that election. For example, if an election included a Senate race, an Executive race and a ballot measure then the number of voters for each of those three election items will most likely be different. This is a result of some voters choosing to not vote on one or more of the three election items. In fact, this happens in every election when there is more than just a Senate race so the numbers will always be different. As a result, when I look at the results for each item on the ballot for a particular election, I always take the highest number I find as the number used for "Number of Voters" (or Turnout) for that particular election.

Ideally the number I would have listed would be the total number of students who logged into the elections website to vote. However, I do not have that information in all cases so I have input the highest number found for each particular election. If the number has an * next to it, that number is not based on logged in votes but instead on the highest number of valid votes. As such, the total Number of Voters (Turnout) for those is probably slightly higher.

It was possible (and I assume still is) to log into the elections website and cast blank ballots on all of the available election items. I consider these as valid votes and useful information as it may be a form of protest voting since the individual put in the effort to actually log in and cast blank ballots. That is the reasoning behind using that number to determine Turnout whenever possible. An abstaining voter is still a voter as they turned out (or logged in) to vote.

To see how much the Number of Voters can fluctate per election item in a single election visit the Elections page and click on the individual election pages.

Number of Eligible Voters
The Number of Eligible Voters is determined by the number of undergraduate students during that school year. All of these numbers are taken from the UC Davis Facts Website. (For the 2011/2012 school year they can be found here.)

Turnout Percent
This is simply the Number of Voters (Turnout) divided by the Number of Eligible Voters.

Number of Senate Candidates
This column shows the number of Senate candidates for that election.

Number of Executive Tickets
This column shows the number of Executive tickets (President and Vice President) for that election.

Electoral System
This column shows which electoral system was used for that particular election. Prior to Fall 2003 ASUCD Senate elections were determined by voters getting six votes each and the six Senate candidates with the most votes were elected. A ballot measure in the Winter 2003 ASUCD election was passed which implemented the far superior electoral system of Choice Voting for all future ASUCD elections. ASUCD Executive elections prior to Fall 2003 held run-off elections if no ticket recieved at least 50% + 1 vote. This was changed to use Instant Runoff Voting instead.

Significant Notes
Occassionally there will be ballot measures that significantly increase voter turnout for a particular election. This happened in Fall 2002 and Winter 2007 with the D-1 Initiative and the UNITRANS Fee Increase respectively. As I look through previous elections I will try to update or expand this column to include anything out of the ordinary that may have affected voter turnout.


Notes about the Graphs

Click on the graphs for slightly larger views of them.

The graphs that show "Number of Candidates and Voter Turnout" only list the number of Senate candidates and do not factor in the executive tickets. Additionally, on those graphs the y-axis is obviously using two different scales (Turnout Percentage for one line and Number of Senate Candidates for another line) so the actual numbers are not important, just the correlation between the two lines. Obviously I was trying to see if there was any correlation between the number of Senate candidates in an election and the turnout for that election.

The graphs also do not include the Spring 2010 special election.



Election Turnout Chart
Election # of
Voters
# of Eligible
Voters
Turnout % # of Senate
Candidates
# of Exec
Tickets
Electoral System Significant
Notes
Fall 2000 2246* 20329 11.05% 19 n/a (Block Voting)  
Winter 2001 2854* 20329 14.04% 14 3 (Block Voting)  
Fall 2001 2294* 21294 10.77% 19 n/a (Block Voting)  
Winter 2002 3966 21294 18.62% 16 4 (Block Voting)  
Fall 2002 8567* 22750 37.66% 13 n/a (Block Voting) Campus Expansion Initiative (See this page for more information.)
Winter 2003 ~3881* 22750 17.06% 15 2? (Block Voting)  
Fall 2003 2448* 23509 10.41% 16 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2004 4068* 23509 17.30% 14 3 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2004 3584* 23171 15.47% 20 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2005 3718* 23171 16.05% 23 2 (Choice Voting) 8 Open Senate Seats
Fall 2005 2145* 22735 9.43% 13 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2006 2869* 22735 12.62% 14 2 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2006 3621 23458 15.44% 17 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2007 5447 23458 23.22% 20 3 (Choice Voting) UNITRANS Fee Ballot Measure
Fall 2007 4613 23499 19.63% 13 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2008 2694 23499 11.46% 9 3 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2008 3028 24209 12.51% 9 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2009 6142 24209 25.37% 15 2 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2009 3802 24655 15.42% 15 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2010 3907 24655 15.85% 13 3 (Choice Voting)  
Spring 2010 1114 24655 4.52% n/a n/a (Choice Voting) Special election for two ballot measures
Fall 2010 3154 24737 12.75% 12 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2011 3466 24737 14.01% 13 1 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2011 2810* 25096 11.20% 7 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2012 4933 25096 19.66% 15 2 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2012 5249 25759 20.38% 14 n/a (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2013 6252 25096 24.91% 19 3 (Choice Voting)  
Averages 16.18% 14.88 2.54  
Average (Excluding Spring 2010) 16.63% - -  



Fall vs. Winter Turnout:
There seems to be an argument that can be made for dividing Fall and Winter elections when comparing elections across time. The average turnout for a Winter election is % while the average turnout for a Fall election is 15.55%. (Additionally, if you remove the Fall 2002 election as an outlier because of the Campus Expansion Initiative, the Fall election turnout average drops to 13.71%). Below you will find the Fall and Winter election data divided for just that type of comparison.

Fall Elections
Election # of
Voters
# of Eligible
Voters
Turnout % # of Senate
Candidates
Electoral System Significant
Notes
Fall 2000 2246* 20329 11.05% 19 (Block Voting)  
Fall 2001 2294* 21294 10.77% 19 (Block Voting)  
Fall 2002 8567* 22750 37.66% 13 (Block Voting) Campus Expansion Initiative
Fall 2003 2448* 23509 10.41% 16 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2004 3584* 23171 15.47% 20 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2005 2145* 22735 9.43% 13 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2006 3621 23458 15.44% 17 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2007 4613 23499 19.63% 13 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2008 3028 24209 12.51% 9 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2009 3802 24655 15.42% 15 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2010 3154 24737 12.75% 12 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2011 2810* 25096 11.20% 7 (Choice Voting)  
Fall 2012 5249 25759 20.38% 14 (Choice Voting)  
Averages 15.55% 14.38  



Winter Elections
Election # of
Voters
# of Eligible
Voters
Turnout % # of Senate
Candidates
# of Exec
Tickets
Electoral System Significant
Notes
Winter 2001 2854* 20329 14.04% 14 3 (Block Voting)  
Winter 2002 3966 21294 18.62% 16 4 (Block Voting)  
Winter 2003 ~3881* 22750 17.06% 15 2? (Block Voting)  
Winter 2004 4068* 23509 17.30% 14 3 (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2005 3718* 23171 16.05% 23 2 (Choice Voting) 8 Open Senate Seats
Winter 2006 2869* 22735 12.62% 14 2 (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2007 5447 23458 23.22% 20 3 (Choice Voting) UNITRANS Fee Ballot Measure
Winter 2008 2694 23499 11.46% 9 3 (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2009 6142 24209 25.37% 15 2 (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2010 3907 24655 15.85% 13 3 (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2011 3466 24737 14.01% 13 1 (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2012 4933 25096 19.66% 15 2 (Choice Voting)  
Winter 2013 6252 25096 24.91% 19 3 (Choice Voting)  
Averages 17.71% 15.38 2.54  



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