8.04 Civic Engagement

This page includes data that provide two perspectives on civic engagement. The first data set, from The New York Times, is based on the results of the 2012 U.S. presidential election between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Voter participation is measured by comparing the total votes cast to the voting age population, or the population age 18 and older. The second set of data is from the U.S. House of Representatives, the Wisconsin State Legislature, and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and includes the number of local public officials who are women. Local public officials include U.S Representatives, state senators and representatives, county supervisors, mayors and alderpersons, and village presidents and trustees.

Sources

The New York Times, Election 2012 President Map

U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

U.S. House of Representatives

Wisconsin State Legislature

East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Notes

It is important to note that although the voting age population is not the same as the voting eligible population; the latter is far more difficult to calculate. However, both have been shown to yield relatively similar statistics. Public officials from legislative districts or municipalities with population in multiple counties may be counted more than once. U.S. Representatives and state senators are included in the total number of local public officials; however there are none that are women in the Fox Cities region. Statewide public officials are not included.