Reporting on the dismal turnout during the first day of early voting for the Texas primary runoff election, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir posed an urgent question to voters: “Where are you???”
This is the question DeBeauvoir opened with as she announced Tuesday on Facebook that “an underwhelming 1.31 (percent) of registered voters cast ballots” on the first day of early voting.
“Come on, everybody,” DeBeauvoir said. “We have 22 early voting locations, plus mobile voting locations all week. Give our dedicated polling place staff some company this week by early voting.”
Early voting ends Friday, with most polling locations open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No voting will occur on the weekend, and Election Day is May 22.
The runoff elections will settle primary races that were left unresolved after voters cast their ballots on March 6. In dozens of races for statewide and federal offices, no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, making runoff elections necessary.
One of the most high-profile runoffs is the contest between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White to be the Democratic nominee who will challenge Republican incumbent Greg Abbott to be Texas governor.
Democrats Jose “Chito” Vela and Sheryl Cole are also squaring off to replace Dawnna Dukes.
Another race that is getting attention is the four-way fight to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, among two Republican candidates — Chip Roy and Matt McCall — and two Democrats, Mary Wilson and Joseph Kopser.
More information, including polling locations, sample ballots and ID requirements, can be found at www.votetravis.com.