When the Miami-Dade elections department posted turnout numbers for Tuesday's municipal elections in Hialeah, Homestead, Miami and Miami Beach, it appears to have used an average of how many voters went to the polls across the county. That average was nearly 23 percent -- what would amount to pretty decent turnout for a local, off-year election.
But that's not a true number. A city-by-city analysis reveals that turnout varied widely in each municipality. And it was Hialeah that propped up the average everywhere else.
Thirty-four percent -- 34 percent! -- of voters cast ballots in Hialeah, a significant number when no county, state or federal races were in play. The draw was a hotly contested mayoral race, where Mayor Carlos Hernandez placed first and former Mayor Raul Martinez came in second.
In the other cities, turnout was much, much lower.
In Miami Beach, it was 16 percent. Miami District 1, 13 percent. Miami District 2, 12 percent. And Homestead, 11 percent.