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1 in 8 turnout, vote for Status Quo

By   /   June 4, 2014  /   3 Comments

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Registration & Turnout
851,326 Voters
Vote Count Percent
Precinct Turnout 43,172 5.07%
Vote by Mail Turnout 82,471 9.69%
Total 125,643 14.76%


Superintendent of Public Instruction

1662/1662 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
TOM TORLAKSON 47,257 40.79%
MARSHALL TUCK 35,594 30.72%
LYDIA A. GUTIERREZ 33,001 28.49%
Total 115,852 100.00%


County Superintendent of Schools

1662/1662 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
RITA RAMIREZ 32,721 29.71%
TED ALEJANDRE 60,585 55.01%
FRANK GARZA 16,838 15.29%
Total 110,144 100.00%


Board of Supervisors District 2

348/348 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
RANDOLPH B. BEASLEY 7,877 32.14%
Total 24,510 100.00%


Board of Supervisors District 4

186/186 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
CURT HAGMAN 7,276 40.12%
JAMES NA 1,694 9.34%
Total 18,136 100.00%



1662/1662 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
DAN HARP 57,766 49.86%
BOB DUTTON 58,102 50.14%
Total 115,868 100.00%


Auditor-Controller/Treas/Tax Collector

1662/1662 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
LARRY WALKER 86,189 74.65%
ENSEN MASON 29,263 25.35%
Total 115,452 100.00%


District Attorney

1662/1662 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
MICHAEL A. RAMOS 71,553 61.44%
GROVER D. MERRITT 44,914 38.56%
Total 116,467 100.00%


Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator

1662/1662 100.00%
Vote Count Percent
JOHN MCMAHON 72,889 62.60%
CLIFTON HARRIS 17,713 15.21%
PAUL SCHRADER 25,830 22.18%
Total 116,432 100.00%

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  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    if only half the eligible citizens register to exercise their right to vote that leaves 50%, now we can get to the 1 out of 8 registered voting. at that rate a majority would be somewhere in the 7% range. Is it any wonder we are in the mess we are in?

    The cure: establish a commission to certify what constitutes a valid voter ID, a reasonable cost for the purchase of big brothers approved voter ID, explore the damage caused by illiterates voting, set knowledge standards. this commission must be a living commission.

    yes voter ID is the answer to our election woes

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Better yet tie voting to lets say… the ability to drive. Have your privilege to drive tied to your right and responsibility to Vote.

      Something like this comes to mind; If you miss two elections in a row, your drivers license is suspended for a year.

      • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

        Numerous people have had their driving without a license citation dismissed by arguing they do not participate in the corporation and it is their constitutional right to travel unimpeded. Yes, it has been successfully argued that driving is a right, right up to the point of endangering others.

        Back to voting, I was having an after work beer with a friend a few elections back when the lady I was with ask how many patrons in the bar do I think voted. We were proud of our little I voted sticker. I looked around; there were nine or ten in the bar besides us two, looked back and asked how many do you think have a driver’s license. turns out there were only two people in the bar including the bartender that had as you say the privilege to drive

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