In keeping with national trends, voter turnout for Tompkins County increased dramatically in the midterm elections.
According to CNN exit polls, 60 percent of youth voters — aged 18 to 29 — voted for President Obama’s re-election, while 37 percent of young voters picked Gov. Mitt Romney. In 2008, 66 percent of young voters chose Obama, leaving 31 percent to vote for Republican Sen. John McCain.
As the final absentee ballots for the 2011 Ithaca mayoral race are being tallied, new poll data shows that students in Ithaca haven’t jumped on the bandwagon of local politics.