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VOTERS GUIDE: How many votes make the difference?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:32 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

COLUMBIA — Tuesday marks Columbia’s 2014 municipal election. In previous years, some of the Columbia City Council and other elections have come down to a few hundred votes – sometimes even fewer.

Council elections

Shown below are the results of the council elections dating back to 2010. To put some of the winning margins in perspective, half of all Facebook users have more than 200 friends – 40 more than what Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe won by in 2012.

As for the 2010 elections for Third and Fourth wards council representative, the winners both won by fewer than 60 votes. Columbia’s population from 2010 to 2012 grew at rate of about 45 people per week.

Bond issues

Columbia’s population per square mile was about 1,700 people as of 2010 – about 100 votes shy of the 40-cent tax levy passing in 2012.

Columbia School Board

For the Columbia School Board elections, multiple candidates can be elected. Because of this, the graphic depicts the winning margin between the candidate elected with the fewest votes and the candidate who lost with the highest number of votes.


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