WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Studies over decades have shown that bad weather on Election Day affects voter turnout in favor of Republicans.
But a recent study has also shown that bad weather also affects how people vote on Election Day.
Researchers at Dartmouth College and the Australian National University found that at least 1 percent of voting-age adults in the United States who would have voted for a Democrat if the weather had been good, voted for a Republican instead on rainy election days, The Weather Channel reported.
That’s because bad weather makes voters more risk-averse and vote conservative on Election Day, researchers found.
Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain, and a storm surge to the east coast of Central Florida and South Florida, including the Democratic strongholds of Palm Beach, Dade, and Broward counties.
NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Watch that is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas, the East Coast of Florida from the Volusia/Brevard County Line to Hallandale Beach, and Lake Okeechobee.
Additionally, a Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Altamaha Sound to Hallandale Beach and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Altamaha Sound southward to the Volusia Brevard County Line, and for Hallandale Beach to the north of Ocean Reef.