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5 Interesting Facts for Election Results Geeks

If you're digging into the Farmington Public Schools bond referendum results, tell us what cool stuff you've learned.

Precincts 24 and 25, Power Upper Elementary and Gill Elementary (pictured) appeared to have had the most "vote yes" signs posted on Election Day. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Precincts 24 and 25, Power Upper Elementary and Gill Elementary (pictured) appeared to have had the most "vote yes" signs posted on Election Day. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Do you love digging into election results? We've taken a closer look at the Farmington Public Schools bond referendum numbers, and here's what we found:

1. Voter turnout was below 20 percent in eight precincts. 

The Voter Participation Committee may have some work to do in Farmington Hills precincts 11, 15, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26 and West Bloomfield precinct 9, which were all under 20 percent. Lowest turnout: precincts 15 and 17, 12.83 percent. 

2. Only five precincts had a turnout of 30-40 percent. 

Pat yourselves on the back, Farmington precincts 1, 2 and 5, and Farmington Hills precincts 3 and 14. Top of the list: Farmington Precinct 1, at more than 37 percent. 

3. Absent voters decided this election.

If the millage had been left to voters at the precincts, it would have passed, by a more than 350-vote margin (4,469-4,110). 

4. More than half of those who voted no cast absentee ballots.

By contrast, about 37 percent of yes votes came in on absent voter ballots. 

5. The bond failed in all but six precincts. 

Folks in Farmington Hills precincts 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 and 25 favored the bond, mostly by small margins. Those in Farmington Hills precinct 20 were the most evenly divided; the bond failed there by just three votes. 

What interesting facts have you discovered while digging into the numbers? Tell us with a comment. 


Barry L. Brickner August 07, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Most of the voters in Precinct 17 live in apartments. Turnout in 17, which is one of the larger precincts in Farmington Hills, is typically low in local elections.
Michael Evangelista August 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
And the Proposal was defeated in spite of the "Yes" people ripping do the signs I put out! These are the people that need the education.
Trisha Balazovic August 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM
At Michael Evangelista, the question posed here was what intetesting facts did you discover while digging into the numbers. So I will start with that. An interesting fact I discovered is that the bond passed (including absentee and votes at the polls) in the precints north of 696. To respond to your comment Michael, I can assure you that there were many Yes signs that were taken down as well. Unfortunately, I also know they were taken down by people that opposed the bond. Whereas the Vote No signs were taken down by city officials, because the large majority of them were put up in areas restricted by the city. For your information for, future elections, you can get a copy of the rules and regulations for sign placement from City Hall.

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