On June 23, 903 AD, the Icelandic Parliament, the Althing or Althingi, was established and is the world’s oldest.
In honor of the Icelandic Parliament, here’s the greatest Icelandic band ever, the Sugarcubes, playing at Auburn in 1988.
On June 24, 1497, John Cabot first sighted North America, claiming it for the British Crown.
Georgia’s Trustees voted on June 22, 1737 to seek bids for building churches at Savannah and Frederica.
Georgia Whigs voted on June 22, 1775 to join a boycott against British goods. That same day, the Continental Congress approved the issuance of $2 million in debt-backed currency.
Off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, British Commodore Sir Peter Parker spent June 23, 1776 preparing to land the next day, charged with supporting loyalists to the British crown.
On June 24, 1795, the United States Senate voted to ratify Jay’s Treaty between the UK and United States. The terms of the treaty required an appropriation from the U.S. House of Representatives to implement it, and Congressional opponents tried to defeat the appropriation, which was approved by a 51-48 margin on April 30, 1796. Click here for more background on the treaty and controversy.
On June 23, 1819, Texas declared its independence from Spain.
On June 24, 1853, President Franklin Pierce signed the Gadsden Purchase, acquiring what it now southern Arizona and New Mexico from Mexico.
On June 23, 1862, General Robert E. Lee met with his commanders in preparation for what would be known as the Seven Days’ Battles.
General Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River toward Pennsylvania on June 24, 1863.
On June 23, 1865, Georgia-born Cherokee Stand Watie became the last Confederate general to surrender.
John R. Lynch was the first African-American elected Chairman of the Republican National Convention on June 24, 1884; Lynch was nominated by Theodore Roosevelt.
Woodrow Wilson married Ellen Louise Axson of Rome, Georgia in Savannah on June 24, 1885.
On June 23, 1888, Frederick Douglass became the first African-American nominated for President, receiving one vote from Kentucky at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill.
On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blockaded West Berlin from all road, rail, and barge traffic.
Following World War II, Germany was divided into occupation zones. The United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and, eventually, France, were given specific zones to occupy in which they were to accept the surrender of Nazi forces and restore order. The Soviet Union occupied most of eastern Germany, while the other Allied nations occupied western Germany. The German capital of Berlin was similarly divided into four zones of occupation.
The United States response came just two days after the Soviets began their blockade. A massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin was undertaken in what was to become one of the greatest logistical efforts in history. For the Soviets, the escapade quickly became a diplomatic embarrassment. Russia looked like an international bully that was trying to starve men, women, and children into submission. And the successful American airlift merely served to accentuate the technological superiority of the United States over the Soviet Union. On May 12, 1949, the Soviets officially ended the blockade.
General Lucius D. Clay of Marietta, Georgia was military Governor of occupied Germany at that time.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released in West Germany on June 24, 1977. It’s astounding.
Rickey Henderson made his major league debut with the Oakland A’s on June 24, 1979, stealing his first base.
On June 24, 1982, the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution was defeated, having garnered the ratification of thirty-five states, three shy of the requisite Constitutional Majority.
Hopes for ratification before the deadline next Wednesday were dashed this week when the amendment was rejected by the Illinois House and the Florida Senate, two states in which supporters felt they had a fighting chance.
Had Illinois and Florida ratified the amendment, there was at least some chance that either Oklahoma or North Carolina would have provided the final needed vote.
Prospects were far slimmer in the other nonratifying states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.
Phyllis Schlafly, a leader of a group called Stop-ERA, hailed the defeat of the amendment tonight, saying: ”They realized E.R.A. is dead and I think that that is an admission they have lost the battle. My feeling is that E.R.A. will take its place with the prohibition and the child labor amendments as ones which did not have enough support of the American people to be in the Constitution.”
Former Atlanta mayor Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. died on June 23, 2003.
Delta has announced restrictions on support animals on their flights, according to the AJC.
Delta Air Lines will limit each passenger to one emotional support animal and will prohibit pit bulls as service or support animals on flights, effective July 10.
Delta said the latest policy changes are due to “growing safety concerns” after two employees were bitten by a passenger’s emotional support animal last week.
Delta said when the new policy takes effect it will no longer accept “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals.
“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders and more,” Delta said. “Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs.”
Georgia’s Royal Colony Seal was approved on June 21, 1754.
The Constitution of the United States of America was ratified on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify.
On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.
Beginning on December 7, five states–Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut–ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press. In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.
A lynch mob including members of the KKK killed three young civil rights activists who were trying to register African-Americans to vote near Meridian, Mississippi on June 21, 1964.
When Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney, a young black man, were coming back from a trip to Philadelphia, Mississippi, deputy sheriff Cecil Price, who was also a Klan member, pulled them over for speeding. He then held them in custody while other KKK members prepared for their murder. Eventually released, the three activists were later chased down in their car and cornered in a secluded spot in the woods where they were shot and then buried in graves that had been prepared in advance.
When news of their disappearance got out, the FBI converged on Mississippi to investigate. With the help of an informant, agents learned about the Klan’s involvement and found the bodies. Since Mississippi refused to prosecute the assailants in state court, the federal government charged 18 men with conspiracy to violate the civil rights of Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney.
John W. Hinckley, Jr. was acquitted of attempted murder of President Ronald Reagan and others in the Presidential party by reason on insanity on June 21, 1982.
Voters in Sandy Springs approved the new city’s incorporation on June 21, 2005.
Governor Nathan Deal announced that Georgia retained the top bond ratings for General Obligation bonds.Continue Reading..
Ever wanted a pet, but not the long-term commitment? Already have a pet, but could make room for another for a few weeks? Considering a pet, but not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge? Then LifeLine Animal Project wants you to become a temporary foster parent for two weeks! LifeLine is currently caring for more than 1,000 animals at the DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services shelters they manage, and is seeking 50 foster homes to help alleviate the stress that large number of animals place on the shelters. LifeLine will supply all of the pet’s supplies and support. You simply provide the love! Whether you’re looking to foster a cute kitten, a playmate for your dog or a mellow senior dog or cat, there is a shelter pet that will fit your lifestyle.
According to LifeLine Public Relations Director Karen Hirsch, getting 50 pets into foster homes has a big impact on the shelters.
“There are numerous benefits in having many animals go into foster homes at once. It frees up space, allowing us to focus on placing fewer animals into loving homes or with rescue groups,” she says. “It also gives animals a break from the shelter, while exposing them to more potential adopters. And when the animals are brought back to us, we gain valuable insights into their personalities from the foster parents that we can share with potential adopters. Additionally, the foster parents often request to foster the pets longer or even forever.”
If you’re interested in fostering a pet for two weeks, please drop by LifeLine’s Dog House & Kitty Motel, 129 Lake Street in Avondale Estates, DeKalb County Animal Services, 3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Chamblee, or Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd NW in Atlanta, on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you’d rather adopt, LifeLine is running a Pick Your Price promotion throughout June, where you name the price for your adopted pet at all of LifeLine’s shelters! For shelter hours or more information, please visit LifeLineAnimal.org/shelters.
On June 20, 1732, the signing of the Georgia Charter was completed by the British government.
On June 20, 1782, Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States. Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, was responsible for the final design presented to Congress. The design approved by Congress was a written description without any sketches.
On June 20, 1819, the SS Savannah entered the port at Liverpool, England, marking the first transatlantic crossing by a steam-powered ship, having sailed out of Savannah on May 20th.
General Robert E. Lee moved on Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant at Petersburg, Virginia on June 20, 1864.
Jaws was released on June 20, 1975.
Quote of the Day, Jaws Edition: “Anytime you hear your daughter’s been bit by a shark, you’re going to freak out a little bit,” McNeely said.
Adyson McNeely was bitten on the leg by a shark Monday while standing in waist-deep waters off the Southeast Georgia coast.
Thankfully, the 11-year-old will be OK after the frightening incident. As she continued to recover Tuesday, she spoke to News4Jax from the beach, near the First Street access, where it happened.
The doctor who treated Adyson said it appeared to be a bite from a sand shark.
According to the International Shark Attack Files administered by the Florida Museum of Natural History, Georgia ranks in the top 10 states with the most shark attacks.
Before Monday, the most recent shark attack in Georgia occurred in 2014 when a 12-year-old boy was bitten while surfing off Tybee Island.
Governor Nathan Deal yesterday announced $100 in bond revenue for dedicated transit infrastructure in Metro Atlanta.
Following approval by the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) board, Gov. Nathan Deal today announced $100 million in General Obligation bonds for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure, part of the SR 400 Express Lanes project. This investment by the state is the result of a partnership with Fulton County and MARTA to construct four bus-only interchanges along a 16-mile stretch of SR 400. This project was made possible by the passage of HB 930, the law creating the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (the ATL).
The upcoming $1.8 billion SR 400 Express Lanes project will widen the highway, reduce congestion and accommodate the new BRT interchanges. The SR 400 Express Lanes project is projected to reduce delays by 18 percent in the SR 400 corridor by 2030, for a total of more than 19,000 hours each day or time savings of 20 to 25 minutes per user.
“We continue to make investments to ensure that our modes of transit and mobility are worthy of the No. 1 state for business and the best place for opportunity,” said Deal. “I allotted $100 million in bonds in the FY 2019 budget to demonstrate the state’s commitment to addressing mobility needs through strategic investments in transit infrastructure. This visionary project will enhance the plans for SR 400, one of our state’s most vital corridors for commuters, jobs and freight. In 2015, I allotted $75 million to fund transit needs statewide, and this latest investment will further move the needle to decrease congestion and improve Georgia’s transportation network.
“This investment in BRT infrastructure marks the first time that the state, Fulton County and MARTA have partnered together to improve our mass transit system. With this announcement, we are introducing collaborative solutions for both transportation and transit, which is exactly what the ATL and Georgia’s commitment to improving mobility are all about.”
About the project
- This $100 million in bonds will be used by GDOT to plan and purchase property for BRT interchanges on the SR 400 Express Lanes route, which will help accommodate the growing transit needs in the corridor.
- MARTA and Fulton County will invest in BRT infrastructure and operations, pending approval of a Fulton County referendum.
- GDOT is currently in the discovery phase of selecting locations for BRT interchanges. Right of Way acquisition will begin in FY 2019/2020 and the procurement process to select a contractor will begin in mid-2020.
“Today’s announcement is not only historic because of the forward-looking transit partnership it creates, but also because it marks a milestone of tremendous progress in our state’s effort to invest in our infrastructure and make a real difference for Georgians sitting in traffic,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. “Governor Deal and Speaker Ralston have been steadfast in their commitment to make Georgia a national leader in economic development, and in part because of the investments we’ve prioritized in transportation and transit, we’ve led the nation as the best state to do business for five consecutive years and continue to set new records in job creation. Going forward, we must continue building on this historic commitment to reducing traffic congestion and developing a world-class, 21st century infrastructure.”
“This substantive state investment into our transit infrastructure will help relieve congestion along the Georgia 400 corridor,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “This project will also aid in recruiting world-class companies like Mercedes-Benz and State Farm that place a priority on access to transit for their employees. In sum, this project has the potential to not only improve quality of life but help create more jobs for our citizens – that’s a win-win.”
Gov. Deal told WSB-TV’s Richard Elliott that Amazon has been updated on the transit project as part of Georgia’s HQ2 bid.
One of Amazon’s major criteria for locating its East Coast headquarters is transit. Channel 2′s Richard Elliot learned that the state recently updated Amazon about Atlanta transit link and bus rapid transit here along Georgia 400.
At an afternoon news conference, Elliot asked Governor Nathan Deal if he’s updated Amazon on the state’s recent transit developments.
“The answer to that is yes,” he told Elliot.
Deal hopes Amazon will see Georgia’s new commitment to transit and that it will help seal the deal for HQ2.
“I think that the fact that they see good faith on the part of the state taking these kinds of moves hopefully will give them and others confidence that we’re ready to address not only the current needs of our citizens, but also those that we may anticipate in the future,” he said.
Dougherty County received part of an additional $18.1 million from the State Roadway and Tollway Authority via the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB), according to the Albany Herald.
Since its inception in 2009, GTIB has awarded more than $124 million in grants and loans to highly competitive transportation projects to enhance mobility in local communities throughout Georgia.
“The 19 project awards made today join with the 80 awards made since the program began,” SRTA Executive Director Chris Tomlinson said. “Together, the various projects funded through this program have brought innovative and much-needed transportation improvements to the local communities who have identified and prioritized these needs. SRTA is proud to partner with the applicants to provide critical funding to move these projects toward completion. Today’s awards leverage $18.1 million in state funding to enable projects with a total value of $136.1 million to become reality. This represents a better than 7-to-1 ratio of other funds to GTIB funds. That’s what I call a good return on investment.”
SRTA received 32 applications from eligible local government entities in Georgia, including community improvement districts. Funds distributed by GTIB must be used for capital expenses related to road and bridge infrastructure work.
Grant applications are evaluated on a competitive basis. The criteria include transportation/engineering merit, economic merit, matching funds and project specifics, such as the project phase and feasibility. Loan applications are evaluated based on creditworthiness and the merits of the project itself. An advisory committee comprising stakeholder representatives reviews applications and provides feedback to SRTA staff, who then make recommendations to the SRTA board.
Gwinnett County also got a share of the $18.1 million, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), Chair of the House Transportation Committee, said the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding will consider transit for areas outside Metro Atlanta, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.
“The challenges in rural transit are much different than the challenges in metro transit,” Tanner said.
“When you get into rural Georgia, you’re looking at how do we get someone to a technical college to get a GED or an education? How do we get someone to their first job? How do we get someone to health care? It’s just a different challenge,” he said.
“Obviously, we’re going to need to make some investments in our rural areas,” said House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who pushed for the creation of the transit commission last year.
“That’s not included in this, but I think that down the road, that will obviously need to be part of the process. So I do view this as the beginning and not the end,” Ralston said.
Tanner said the panel will study existing federal funding sources for rural transit, which come from a variety of entities and are then funneled through a mishmash of state agencies. That arrangement has bred confusion, Tanner said.
Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash said she will not seek a raise in the property tax millage rate, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
“There’s no anticipation of an increase in the millage rate,” Nash said. “That’s the one thing you can say with certainty. The question is going to be roll back or maintain the same millage rate for the General Fund as last year. That’s really the question and I have no idea what the appetite from individual commissioners is on that now.”
The commissioners are expected to vote on setting the millage rate during the week of July 17, but property owners will soon see legal advertisements explaining the tax digest and the impact of the millage rate running in the Daily Post.
While raising the millage rate appears to be off the table, that doesn’t mean an increase in taxes is out of the question as well. Even if the commissioners chose to keep the millage rate at 7.4 mills, the increase in the tax digest — which is based on property values — means the amount of money a person owes in property taxes could still increase.
Macon County Sheriff Charles “Charley” Cannon Jr. died at the age of 47, according to the Macon Telegraph.
Valerie Wynn was elected as Macon-Bibb County District 1 Commissioner in a runoff election, according to the Macon Telegraph.
Wynn received 677 votes, or 54 percent, to Wood’s 582 votes, according to unofficial results from the Bibb County Board of Elections.
She will fill the remainder of the term that ends on Dec. 31, 2020.
The runoff was the lone race on the ballot Tuesday in the north Macon district.
Derek Duke as elected to Statesboro City Council District 5 in a runoff election, according to the Statesboro Herald.
Duke won Tuesday’s special election runoff by capturing 132 votes, to Don Armel’s 43 votes. Duke and Armel had been the top vote-getters May 22 in what was originally a three-candidate election. Konrad Godfrey came in a close third in the first round and so did not advance to the runoff.
“I am humbled and honored that my neighbors have nominated me to represent them at City Council,” Duke said in a statement he had prepared. “I want to thank both Don Armel and Konrad Godfrey for running a fair and honest race and wish them both the best.”
With 2,415 registered voters in Council District 5, turnout in the runoff was just 7.25 percent. A total of 175 residents cast ballots during opportunities that included Tuesday’s 12 hours of precinct voting at Pittman Park United Methodist Church as well as 11 days of early voting.
More than half of the voters participating in the runoff, 109, actually voted before the traditional election day. That included 14 residents who returned mailed absentee ballots, plus 95 who voted early at the county annex from July 1 through July 15.
Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Sarah Riggs Amico campaigned in Glynn County and told a fart joke, according to The Brunswick News.
Amico said, “This woman goes to the doctor, and she says, ‘Doctor, I need your help. I have really, really bad gas, and the great news is it’s silent and it doesn’t smell. But, I can’t stop it, so can you help me? The doctor hands her some pills and says, ‘No problem — we’ll get you taken care of. Come back and see me in two weeks.’
“Then she comes back and she says, ‘Doctor, I still have this horrible gas, but the problem is, I can smell it now — it’s stinky.’ The doctor says, ‘Well, now that we’ve got your sinuses taken care of, we’re going to start working on your hearing.’”
Amico, speaking to the Glynn County Democrats at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church on St. Simons Island Monday, said that’s where we are as a state — still working on our hearing. She said for the past 12 years, the opportunity for children to do what she did — going from a rural community in Missouri to Harvard Business School and heading up a major company — has not been provided.
“God willing, Stacey Abrams will be our next governor, but if not, you’re going to have a Brian Kemp or a Casey Cagle,” Amico said. “And in the #MeToo era, I don’t think it’s a given they’re going to make it four years. So, the succession thing is a real deal. This is important, because the person in this role needs to be capable of managing the state if, God forbid, they need to step into that role. But, that’s most unlikely, right?”
“If you can actually help queue up the debate order, you can make sure that, for example, (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) hits the back of the line,” Amico said. “Discriminatory adoption bills, back of the line. Expanding Medicaid? Hey, we can put that in the front. You want to fund your public schools? Let’s put that up front, too.”
Gainesville City Council adopted their FY 2019 budget and millage rate, according to AccessWDUN.
The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education will hear from residents and then vote on the proposed FY 2019 budget, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Bainbridge City Council is considering an ordinance on backyard chickens, according to the Post-Searchlight.
Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer had received calls and complaints about backyard chickens and asked Hobby to look into ordinances on them. [City Manager Chris] Hobby presented the City with his research and said that backyard chickens are actually a growing trend, unfortunately the backyard chickens are not legal.
He modeled the introductory ordinance off of one based in Dunwoody, Georgia, that has been successful.
The City would strive in the ordinance to be permissive enough to allow citizens to keep chickens on their property, but restrictive enough to protect the neighboring residents from unnecessary noise, odor and the invitation of rodents, wild birds or other predatory animals to the property.
Early voting in Elbert County begins July 2d for the July 24 runoff election, according to the Elberton Star.
Early voting for the Republican and Democratic Primary run-offs will begin July 2 and will last until July 20.
Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elbert County Registrars Office Monday through Friday with no voting on Saturday.
The office will close in observation of the Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4.
Election day for the primary run-off is Tuesday, July 24 with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at local precincts.
The Forsyth County Commission is considering regulating short term rentals, according to NorthFulton.com.
At its June 7 meeting, commissioners discussed changes to an ordinance regulating short-term rental properties.
Largely due to the attraction of Lake Lanier, Forsyth County now contains more than 400 short-term rental properties, many in residential areas and whose owners advertise on sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rental by Owner. The new ordinance would hold that short-term rental transactions must be for a minimum of six nights and that only two individuals are allowed per bedroom or 15 total guests. Short-term renters would have to apply for a permit to be renewed annually.
During the public hearing, residents supporting the ordinance expressed concerns over transient guests passing through their area as well as noise and traffic.
The current ordinance allows for rentals for two weeks per calendar month and 22 weeks per calendar year.
The Georgia Whig Party held its first convention on June 19, 1843 in Milledgeville and elected ten delegates to the 1844 National Convention.
The first Republican National Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ended on June 19, 1856.
The Republicans, who called for the abolition of slavery in all U.S. territories, rapidly gained supporters in the North, and in 1856 their first presidential candidate, John Fremont, won 11 of the 16 Northern states. By 1860, the majority of Southern states were publicly threatening secession if a Republican won the presidency.
The Civil War firmly identified the Republican Party as the official party of the victorious North. After the war, the Republican-dominated Congress forced a radical Reconstruction policy on the South, which saw the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, abolishing slavery and granting voting rights to African American men in the South. By 1876, the Republican Party had lost control of the South, but it continued to dominate the presidency, with a few intermissions, until the ascendance of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.
On June 19, 1864, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston retreated from Pine Mountain and Lost Mountain toward Marietta. Click here to watch a two-minute video by Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center about this week in Georgia in 1864.
On the same day, USS Kearsarge sank CSS Alabama off the coast of Cherbourg, France in one of the most-celebrated naval battles of the Civil War.
Under its captain, Raphael Semmes, the Alabama prowled the world for three years, capturing U.S. commercial ships. It sailed around the globe, usually working out of the West Indies, but taking prizes and bungling Union shipping in the Caribbean, off Newfoundland, and around the coast of South America. In January 1863, Semmes sunk a Union warship, the Hatteras, after luring it out of Galveston, Texas.
During its career, the Alabama captured 66 ships and was hunted by more than 20 Federal warships.
Republican readers of the AJC Political Insider may have felt a frisson when they read about a third party’s analysis of the 2018 General Primary Election voters.
Chris Huttman is a Democratic operative now crunching numbers on behalf of Lucy McBath of Marietta, one of two Democratic candidates in the Sixth District congressional runoff. She faces Kevin Abel, a Sandy Springs businessman, in the July 24 runoff.
Huttman sent over a spreadsheet on Wednesday that broke down the GOP and Democratic primaries by race, voting history, and the 14 congressional districts. Some of his findings:
On the other hand,102,330 participants in the Democratic primary, who cast 21 percent of the ballots, were new or had not voted in a primary at least since 2010. On the GOP side, 50,533 were likewise new or infrequent voters – making up 8 percent of Republican ballots cast. A 2-to-1 ratio when it comes to new voters is good news for Democrats.
But the question I wanted an answer to was different. Because a “new” primary voter doesn’t necessarily enhance the party’s November total if they’re only “new” to Primary voting, but have previously voted for the same party in General Elections. So I went to www.PoliticalDataSystems.com to run some numbers of my own.
My primary finding is that substantially identical percentages of 2018 Republican Primary voters (96.70%) had voted in the 2016 General Election as 2018 Democratic Primary voters (96.03%). Unless these voters changed their party preference in the last two years, which is possible, the “new” Democratic Primary voters won’t add appreciably to the 2018 General Election numbers for their party.
Number of voters
%age of 2018 PRI voters
|2018 Democratic Primary||557,539|
|2018 Republican Primary||616,538|
|2018 DEM PRI + 2016 General||535,384||96.03%|
|2018 GOP PRI + 2016 General||596,163||96.70%|
|2018 DEM PRI + 2014 General||436,150||78.23%|
|2018 GOP PRI + 2014 General||518,511||84.10%|
|2018 DEM PRI + 2012 General||463,063||83.05%|
|2018 GOP PRI + 2012 General||549,779||89.17%|
|2018 DEM PRI + 2010 General||383,599||68.80%|
|2018 GOP PRI + 2010 General||485,573||78.76%|
Data courtesy of PoliticalDataSystems.com