1.2 Virginia Voters Per Gov't Worker and Food Stamp Recipient

November 5, 2013 - 2:17 PM

James Madison

This portrait of James Madison, a Virginian who was a key Framer of the U.S. Constitution, hangs in the White House. (Wikimedia Commons image)

(CNSNews.com) - If the turnout in this year’s Virginia gubernatorial election is similar to the turnout in the state’s last two gubernatorial elections in 2005 and 2009, there are likely to be about 1.2 voters picking the state’s next governor for each person in the state collecting food stamps or a government paycheck.

By comparison, there were almost 1.5 gubernatorial voters in Virginia four years ago for each person collecting food stamps or a government paycheck.

In the 2005 and 2009 Virginia gubernatorial elections the turnout was relatively constant. In 2005, according to the State Board of Elections, 1,983,778 people voted for a gubernatorial candidate. In the 2009 election, 1,985,103 people voted.

In July 2009, the Census Bureau estimated there were 7,882,590 people in Virginia. That included 697,100 people in Virginia who worked for the government, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; while, according to the Department of Agriculture, 651,725 people in Virginia collected food stamps in the average month in 2009.

Assuming the people working for government were not also collecting food stamps, that means approximately 1,348,825 people in Virginia in July 2009 were collecting food stamps or working for the government.

Those 1,348,825 food stamp collectors and government workers equaled 17.1 percent of Virginia’s total July 2009 population of 7,882,590.

The 1,983,778 people who voted in Virginia’s 2005 gubernatorial election equaled approximately 1.47 voters for each person on food stamps or a government payroll in the state as of July 2009. Similarly, the 1,985,103 people who voted in Virginia’s 2009 gubernatorial election also equaled approximately 1.47 voters for each person on food stamps or a government payroll as of July 2009.

If the number of voters in today’s Virginia gubernatorial elections is similar to the 1,983,778 who voted in 2005 or the 1,985,103 who voted in 2009, the ratio of voters to food stamp recipients and government workers will have declined in Virginia.

That will be because the number of food stamp recipients and government workers in Virginia has increased over the past four years from 17.1 percent of state's population to 20.19 percent.

Virginia latest estimated population is 8,185,867, according to the Census Bureau. As of July, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 944,657 people in Virginia on food stamps; and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 708,700 people working for the government in August (which was actually lower than the 709,800 Virginians who had been working for the government in July).

The combined 1,653,357 Virginians on food stamps or a government payroll in July/August of this year equaled 20.19 percent of the state’s population.

The 1,983,778 people who voted in Virginia’s 2005 gubernatorial election equaled approximately 1.19 voters for each person on food stamps or a government payroll as of July/August 2013. Similarly, the 1,985,103 people who voted in Virginia’s 2009 gubernatorial election equaled approximately 1.20 voters for each person on food stamps or a government payroll in the state in July/August 2013.

Thus, if turnout in this year’s Virginia gubernatorial election is similar to turnout in 2005 and 2009, there will be about 1.2 people voting for the state’s governor for each person in the state collecting food stamps or a government paycheck.