|Census Finds 231,237 Adults|
A similar pattern holds true in Hamilton County, where the Census counted 612,734 adults. Voting records show 567,629 are registered. Again, upwards of 90% of the county's adult population is politically active. If the 90% number is anywhere close to being correct, then local officials and residents have been remarkably efficient in signing up voters.
Mallory, a Democrat, has long argued that Cincinnati has been growing and adding new residents over the past decade. He contends the city has at least 330,000 citizens, probably more. The Census numbers released last week poured cold water on Mayor Mallory's math. Cincinnati is supposed to have lost 10.4 % of its residents, among the nation's worst declines. But The Daily Bellwether did some quick research and discovered today that almost all of the city's adults are registered voters at the Hamilton County Board of Elections. According to the board, Hamilton County has 567,629 voters -- with 209,862 in Cincinnati.
The Census also shows the city has few children within its boundaries. There are only 65,606 kids. That means Cincinnati is somewhat like Hamlin, the fairytale town where the Pied Piper took all the children away. The Daily Bellwether spoke to Caleb Faux, a board of elections member who serves as executive director of the county Democratic Party. Faux said the city's 209,872 registered voters represents a fairly accurate number. Faux said some of those voters would have moved outside the city (he said shifts are constant as people move about or die), but that the elections board purges names and tries to keep the count as up to date as possible.
Faux explained: "In my opinion, 90% of the city's adults being registered voters is a highly unlikely number. I think it's probably more likely around 60% are registered. Maybe there are a lot of people out there who weren't counted in the Census. I think that comparing the Census to the Board of Elections registrations raises a good issue."