The 12%? That was not an exaggeration. The historical and institutional trends that created the current dynamic in Ferguson – a largely African-American population led by a largely white local government – are complex, but the fact that black voters haven’t been politically engaged has contributed to the challenges facing the community. In the most recent elections, turnout really was just 12%.
Retiring Guy notes that it wasn't just Ferguson with the low voter turnout. In the April 8, 2014, election -- the most recently available results posted on the St. Louis County website -- half of the first 26 communities on this list had a lower voter turnout percentage than Ferguson.
And this didn't happen only in communities with "a largely African-American population".
Taking a look in the mirror. The statewide turnout in Wisconsin's most recent election -- the August primaries -- is estimated to be 10%.
No foolin'. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is predicting voter turnout of 12 percent for the Spring Election on Tuesday, April 1.