It probably isn’t something most neighborhoods covet. But there it is, a small triangle of unincorporated Pierce County that is the epicenter of voter disinterest.
Voters there are in both the 29th Legislative District and the 9th Congressional District. Both of those districts have the honor of producing the fewest numbers of the voters in the 2010 election.
When they were created following the 2000 Census, all districts contained roughly the same number of residents. That may have changed some in the decade since and new lines will be drawn next year. But it is still an interesting comparison to see how many people in each district bothered to vote.
The 9th Congressional District, represented by U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, produced 225,594 votes. The next lowest voter turnout came in the 4th District of central Washington. But unlike the 9th where Smith had a contested race with Republican Dick Muri, 4th District Rep. Richard “Doc” Hastings had his usual cakewalk.
The turnout champs among congressional districts are the voters of the 8th where 309,877 voters reelected U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert over Democratic challenger Suzan DelBene.
Then there’s the 29th Legislative District. Read more »