Election Day in May

The May elections are so little known and even less attendedthat the event could be termed one of Texas' best-kept secrets.

But tomorrow in the Houston Gulf Coast region, 107 jurisdictions have elections.

Harris County Voter Registrar Paul Bettencourt says this is an electionthat taxpayers really need to pay attention to.

"Over a million people can vote in it. And there's a couple dozen cities, a dozen school districts, you name it—all having elections about bond issues, trustees and many other items that are really important to taxpayers."

Sure a good bond referendum may not be as sexy as the current presidential race.But because of the lack of voter interest, tomorrow's elections could be determinedby just a handful of people.

"Turnout in these May elections can be in the single digits. In fact we had one election for an independent school district that had a one and a half percent turnout and there's not much of a number lower than that except zero."

People from Katy to Baytown have a stake in this election.In fact, probably the only people not affected are Houston residents who livewithin the boundaries of HISD.

Bettencourt's Election Day Call Center will be open from 7am until 7pm tomorrow. You can call 713-368-VOTE to find out if you're eligible to vote in the elections andwhere your polling center is located.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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