It’s been a record breaking period at the 37 early voting locations across Harris County. Four years ago there were 171,000 ballots cast early, this year that number could double. I caught up to Mayor Annise Parker, who voted at the Metropolitan Multi-Service on Gray. She told me she felt good.
“I do. I don’t have to worry about it. I get anxious if I don’t vote early.”
The ballot is stacked with 70 judicial races and it would be easy to vote a straight ticket, but you might lose out on deciding on the three propositions at the bottom of the ballot. Mayor Parker says one deals with redistricting, but the other two made the ballot because of petitions.
“For Proposition 1, 37,000 Houstonians said we have such a flooding problem in the city of Houston, we’re willing to have a fee imposed on us. I happen to agree with them, and I’m supporting it. But Proposition 3, 20,000 Houstonians said we don’t like red light cameras. I disagree with them, but I have to respect the fact that they went out and did the work to get on the ballot, and they deserve to have that proposition voted on by everyone who comes into the voting booth.”
Mayor Parker says she thinks the surge in early voting is the result of convenience, nothing more.
“I don’t think it raises the voter turnout. It just makes it easier and more convenient for the people who want to vote to get in and vote. So I don’t think the strong early vote is having much of an impact on the propositions.”
Early voting ends at 7pm on Friday.
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