Democratic voters decided in Tuesday's primary that City Council President Lovely Warren was better suited to lead the city of Rochester than incumbent Mayor Tom Richards. But is Warren's overwhelming victory reflective of all city residents?
Monroe County Board of Elections Commissioner Tom Ferrarese credits Warren's campaign for getting her supporters to the polls. However, low voter turnout may have been a factor.
Ferrarese says only 22.5 percent of registered Democrats voted Tuesday, down nearly 14 percent from the 2005 mayoral primary.
"Average-wise across the city, there's only 72 percent of people who are eligible to be registered that are. Then when you turn around and take this 22 percent, you're saying that less than 10 people per 100 making the decision about who our elected officials are," Ferrarese said.
Ferrarese said turnout in the southeast quadrant of the city is traditionally high, but was down significantly on Tuesday. He said voter turnout also wasn't as strong as usual in northwest Rochester.
"In 2005, in terms of eligible voters, we had 58,823 eligible voters. This time around, we had 66,410 so we had about 8,000 more eligibile voters. Even looking at the raw numbers, they were down across the board."
Ferrarese calls Tuesday's turnout dismal and very disheartening. He believes polling leading up to the election may have persuaded many to stay home.
A YNN Voice of the Voter Siena Research poll released over the weekend showed Richards with a commanding lead. Ferrarese, however, says that isn't the only factor that kept voters away from the polls.
"Everything had an impact. The weather had a positive and negative impact, the polling probably had some positive and some negative because you can look at the polling in any amount of different ways of having an impact. The morning after it's always easy to talk about it."
Despite the disappointing turnout, Ferrarese says the bottom line is Warren was more successful than Richards in getting people out to vote.