5 quick facts about the geographic dispersion of St. Petersburg’s African American electorate
– By Gypsy C. Gallardo
The following facts will be well-known for some, but surprising to those of us not up-to-speed since City Council districts were redrawn in 2012. The process led to major changes in representation for African Americans.
Here are 5 facts about the geographic concentration and distribution of St. Petersburg’s African American electorate.
#1 Only one of St. Petersburg’s eight City Council district’s is majority-black
District 7 is currently the only City Council district where African Americans are a majority of voters (64% of persons registered to vote, and 65% of those who actually voted in the 2013 Mayoral contest). Next in line is District 5, followed by District 6.
|% of Actual Voters in 2013||% of Registered Voters in 2013|
#2 Black voters are overwhelmingly concentrated in Districts 5, 6, and 7
In St. Petersburg’s most recent Mayoral election (2013), a full 90% of black votes came from Districts 5, 6, and 7. [“D” stands for District in the graphic below]
#3 District 7 has the highest black vote count
District 7 (currently represented by City Councilmember Lisa Wheeler-Bowman) has the largest black voting base in the city (over 12,000 strong, in terms of registered voters in 2013).
[* The asterisk symbol in the table below denotes the highest registered voter count, actual vote count and voter turnout rates for African Americans]
|Registered to Vote||Actually Voted in 2013||Voter Turnout In 2013|
#4 District 5 has the highest black voter turnout rate
Although District 7 has the largest base of African Americans registered to vote, and the largest black vote count in the 2013 election, it is District 5 (currently represented by Councilmember Steve Kornell) that had the highest black voter turnout rate in 2013.
The black turnout rate for Kornell’s district was 35.1% in 2013, compared to 34.2% for white voters citywide. [See table above]
#5 Black voters are less than 10% of the electorate in most City Council districts
Black voters claim under 10% of the electorate in five of the eight St. Petersburg City Council districts. In District 3, currently represented by City Councilmember Ed Montanari, only 1% of voters were black in the 2013 general election.