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Weather: The Sun’s Out, So Go Vote

By Michael J. Ring

If you aren’t planning on voting today (and shame on you if you don’t!) you won’t have the weather to blame. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s F will not provide an excuse to shirk your civic duty.

Weather is one variable in politics that even the best ward boss cannot control, and many a campaign manager has fretted that rain on election day would keep his or her voters away from the polls. Conventional wisdom holds that on primary days such as today, bad weather helps liberal candidates in the Democratic primary and conservative candidates in the Republican primary, since liberals and conservatives are more easily motivated than moderates to vote in a partisan contest. Conversely, good weather yielding a high turnout often favors centrist candidates who enjoy the support of moderate voters. Of course, these observations are not ironclad rules, since so many other factors also affect voter turnout.

Polls must remain open until 8 p.m. tonight by state law, so you still have plenty of time to do your part in boosting turnout on this beautiful, sunny day.

Extended Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny and less humid. High near 75°F (24°C).

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low near 56°F (13°C).

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and slightly cooler than today. High near 71°F (22°C).

Tomorrow night: Continued mostly clear skies. Low near 56°F (13°C).

Thursday: Mostly sunny for a third straight day. High near 75°F (24°C). Low near 58°F (14°C).

Friday: Increasing cloudiness with a chance of showers. A little warmer with highs near 77°F (25°C).