Harris County records lowest voter turnout in last 20 years


According to election results from the Harris County Clerk’s Office, Tuesday’s election recorded the lowest voter turnout in Harris County in the last 20 years. On Nov. 7 only 6.7 percent of registered voters in Harris County voted.

While voter turnout is typically low on odd years where there is no mid-term or presidential election, voter turnout this year fell below the previous low point of 8.83 percent in 2011. There was also no mayoral election this year, which typically increases voter turnout, like in 2015 when 20.51 percent of registered voters in Harris County voted.

Although there were no prominent public office positions on the ballot, there were seven state constitutional amendments and six propositions totaling more than $1.5 billion in bonds for the city of Houston. All of the constitutional amendments and propositions for the city of Houston passed.

Below is a chart comparing this year’s voter turnout to previous odd years from 1997-2017. During this time, the number of registered voters in Harris County has increased from 1,680,542 in 1997 to 2,233,533, in 2017, an increase of about 33 percent.

Source: Harris County Clerk’s Office

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  1. The local folks have figured out the ‘Republicans’ (Culberson, Poe, Brady, Olson) are RINO; they don’t want to vote for the leftist, Progressive Democrats, so they stay home. I believe all local RINOs are vulnerable; all someone has to do is run against them; last time around, of Culberson’s “opponents”, one was ‘salsa flavored’ and the other was a ‘ringer’ funded by Culberson….

Zac Ezzone
Zac Ezzone began his career as a journalist in northeast Ohio, where he freelanced for a statewide magazine and local newspaper. In April 2017, he moved from Ohio to Texas to join Community Impact Newspaper. He worked as a reporter for the Spring-Klein edition for more than a year before becoming the editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition.
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