Updated: 11/13/2016 at 11:00 am.
How did your neighbors vote in the 2016 Presidential election? Using the links below, you can pull election data specific to your precinct.
Using the King County Elections website, King County residents can view their congressional, legislative, county council and city council voting districts. Find your precinct number and write it down, you’ll need it for the next part of this exercise.
On the King County Elections website, access the 2016 General Election results. Click on the “Download Results Files” tab (see below, circled in yellow).
The results currently available were last updated on November 13, 2016 at 12:55 AM. Next results will be posted by November 14, 2016 at 3:30 PM. Final results will be certified on November 29, 2016.
Scroll down to “Precinct District Reports” and chose how you would like to pull your data. If you have slow download speeds, I suggest selecting “View Interactive Data”, but if you LOVE data, and like to fiddle with it like I do, you’ll want to pull the “Comma Delimited File”.
For this exercise, I pulled the data for Precinct SEA 36-1328, located in the south west corner of Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. This precinct is heavy in warehouses and commercial real estate. You’ll also find older single-family homes and pockets of newer townhomes and rowhouses.
Analyze the data! In the case of Precinct SEA 36-1328, of the 826 residents who are registered to vote, only about half actually participated in the 2016 general election. This is similar to national level as well.
Of the neighbors who did vote, 340 voted for Clinton/ Kaine, which is about 41% of registered voters, and 82.9% of the votes cast. Trump/ Pence received 40 votes, which is about 4.8% of registered voters, and 9.75% of the votes cast.
Once you review your precinct data, let me know what surprised you, what didn’t, and whether the numbers change the way you look at your neighborhood. EMail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.