Wednesday, December 04, 2013

"It's Election Day"

Election Week, actually.

Houston ain't the Five Pernts, but we still need to stand up and be counted.

As for the particulars, Charles did the lift (so I didn't have to).

Early voting runs from today through next Tuesday, December 10, from 7 AM to 7 PM each day except for Sunday the 8th, when it is from 1 to 6 PM. Odds are pretty good you won’t encounter any lines whenever you go to vote. Remember that precinct locations are likely to be heavily consolidated on Runoff Day itself, December 14, so voting early will avoid confusion for you.

Here's the list of choices.

At Large #2
Andrew Burks (incumbent)
David Robinson

At Large #3
Michael Kubosh
Roy Morales

District A
Helena Brown (incumbent)
Brenda Stardig (incumbent prior to Brown)

District D
Dwight Boykins
Georgia Provost

District I
Robert Gallegos
Graci Garces

Zeph Capo

I'll be casting my ballot for Robinson, Morales (with a clothespinned nose), and Capo. The other two races are geography-specific and I will leave recommendations for them to your judgment.

If 50,000 people turn out for this runoff, then that means that roughly 2% of Houston's population will have selected two members of city council that each represent the entirety of Houston, or about 2.5 million people. As comparison, just under 700K Texans live in any one Congressional district, and in recent years a number between 200-250,000 ballots were typically cast in those contests.

So saying 'your vote matters in this election' would be quite a bit more than the usual understatement. Now don't make me send Bill Cutting around to turn out your precinct.

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