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History of weather and voting

History of weather and voting

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 8:39 AM

Here are a few articles on how weather affects voting results.  Based on the articles, here are some of the highlights below.

Washington Post Article

"Weathering the Election (2008)"

The Weather Channel's Research

- Weather impacts on voting may often be negligible.

- However, studies have shown more Republicans will turn out during stormy (bad) weather. 

- Undecided voters are the least likely to vote on bad weather days.

- Bad weather can reduce voter turnout, especially ice.

- Today, wet weather could have a small impact on two swing states - Florida and Wisconsin.

- Historically, the timing of the fall harvest and beating bad winter weather decided the date we vote, which of course is early November.

- Weather should help bring a good turnout across the nation with most areas dry, as you can see on the radar image below.

 

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