Berkeley voting: Where you live is how you vote… sort of

Interactive map with precinct-by-precinct results for Measure S. Click the green arrows to conceal info boxes. View the map on Geocommons here.

Although most of the results of Berkeley’s 2012 election were known on Nov. 6, and the final tally completed over a week ago, an analysis of the precinct-by-precinct certified results provides a number of fascinating insights.

(The certified results were released by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters just before Thanksgiving last week — the full 9MB 748-page statement of vote is available for download, but only as a PDF, not as a useful data file.)

The map above shows how different precincts in Berkeley voted on Measure S, which would have prohibited sitting on sidewalks in commercial areas of the city at certain times (for more about the vote maps, click here. Readers can hide the info boxes by clicking on the green arrows. If the maps don’t load, please refresh your browser). Measure S failed, with 52.3% of Berkeleyans opposed. But, in 19 of Berkeley’s 101 precincts, over 60% of voters supported Measure S. Strong support for Measure S came overwhelmingly from the hills and North Berkeley. Precincts with large numbers of students voted heavily against Measure S, as did many precincts in South Berkeley; in three precincts, fewer than 30% of voters supported the measure. (Precinct-by-precinct tallies can be seen on this Google Document.)

Interactive map with precinct-by-precinct results for Measure T. Click the green arrows to conceal info boxes. View the map on Geocommons here

Measure T, which would have changed zoning rules in West Berkeley, failed by a narrower margin than Measure S, with just 1% separating the opponents from the supporters. But the pattern of voting was similar to S, with the hills largely in support (as shown in the map above). The extremes for T were less pronounced, however: only two precincts notched over 60% support for T and only two were below 40% (while 17 precincts had less than 40% support of S). The Measure T precinct-by-precinct tallies are here.

In contrast to the voting pattern for those two key measures, Mayor Tom Bates won every precinct in the city. In precinct 208600, however, on the Oakland border between Telegraph and Shattuck, he only squeaked by: Bates had 134 votes and local councilmember Kriss Worthington had 132.

There were, of course, elections for non-Berkeley offices on November 6. There have been numerous accounts of precincts in large cities voting 100% for President Barack Obama. Berkeley does not have that distinction. Republican candidate Mitt Romney recorded votes in every Berkeley precinct, but, unsurprisingly, not very many of them.

Interactive map with precinct-by-precinct results on Romney versus Stein. Click the green arrows to conceal info boxes. View the map on Geocommons here

Romney didn’t cross the 10% threshold in any Berkeley precinct, although he was just under that mark in precinct 203500, which includes the Clark Kerr campus and the Piedmont/Parker neighborhood. In 35 precincts — more than one-third of Berkeley — Romney trailed Green Party candidate Jill Stein. In the map above, green and blue precincts had more votes for Stein than Romney. Obama won extremely comfortably in every precinct of Berkeley.

The maps in this article were created by Berkeleyside from the certified election results provided by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. The maps are built on the county’s precinct maps. There’s an inconsistency between the county’s numbering of precincts and what the registrar reports — hence some of the blank spaces in the map. The maps are interactive: if you click on a precinct, you can access the data that forms the map. The legend for the colors is in the lower right-hand corner.

Final election count shows no change in Berkeley tallies [11.16.12]
Inside absentee, provisional ballot counting [11.12.12]
Vote update: Yes on Measure T slips further behind [11.12.12]
Vote update: T slips down, 10,000 more votes counted [11.10.12]
Update on Measure T count: Now 5 votes up [11.09.12]
And then there was one: Measure T down to single vote [11.08.12]
Measure T gap narrows to 26 votes [11.07.12]
Remaining Berkeley votes could change close contests [11.07.12]
Live blogging the Berkeley elections: all the final results [11.06.12]
Measure T: Will it enhance or ruin West Berkeley? [10.29.12]

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