Incuments Mayor Jim Ireton and Councilwoman Shanie Shields, along with challenger Jake Day swept today’s Salisbury city elections in a landslide. The results were:
While these results are not official, the margin of victory for each candidate was large enough to negate any impact from the counting of absentee and provisional ballots. There are approximately 300 absentee ballots outstanding. As of today, approximately 250 ballots had been returned.
In addition to the margins of victory, probably the biggest surprise was voter turnout. While Salisbury has a reputation of abysmal turnout in municipal elections, it has continued to grow each cycle. This year’s turnout saw a dramatic drop – to 17.32% citywide compared to 21.10% four years ago. While the addition of absentee and provisional ballots will increase the turnout percentage slightly, there will still be a large decrease.
The council will reorganize later this month.
For additional analysis of the 2013 Salisbury election, tune in to WSDL (90.7 FM) at 9 AM Friday when DelMarVa Observer’s G. A. Harrison joins WSDL’s Don Rush and SU political science professor Michael O’Loughlin on Delmarva Today for an election post-mortem. The show can also be seen on-demand at a later date.