Bad politicians are elected by good people who do not vote.
Early Voting Returns-The True Story
I am sure you have heard that Early Voting returns are down this year or that the Democrats should be nervous. Well, in Wichita County and the rest of the State of Texas, that is simply not the truth. We wanted to share with you what is actually going on. First, the media must be looking at the slower turnout in Harris County (the 4th largest city in the United States). Harris County has a Republican County Tax Assessor that is also the Elections Administrator for Harris County. When Early voting started the Early Election Voting Centers were only open from 8:00am to 4:00pm. That caused the slower start especially when you see the voting turnout over Saturday and Sunday. We should see a much better turnout this week because the expanded hours will be in effect. Second, there has been some analysis done by a group of experts that do data driven election research and there report sheds a different light. We have included it here.
The first five days of Early Vote are encouraging for Wendy Davis and Democrats.
The media’s suggestion that the lower or stagnant overall turnout compared to 2010 is bad for Democrats is just plain wrong.
To the contrary, the lower or stagnant overall turnout compared to 2010 is a reflection of fewer Republican leaning voters going to the polls while Democratic leaning voters are showing up in greater numbers than at this point in 2010.
African American and Hispanic voters are turning out in higher numbers both in terms of raw votes as well as the percentage of overall turnout compared to 2010.
For example, for the first five days of early voting, 4% more African American voters have turned out compared to the same period in 2010. 12% more Hispanic voters have turned out
This is driven, in part, by a surge of drop off voters – Texans who typically vote in presidential but not mid-term elections and who overwhelmingly favor Davis and Van de Putte.
This is especially good news given that the first week of Early Vote always favors Republicans, as the hours for polling locations are more restrictive.
When you weight this expert data analysis over media, we will tend to come down on the side of the experts. In Wichita County we have to remember that the only poll is the last poll on Election Day. If you happen to read the article in the Times/Record News about how our numbers are down, keep in mind the writer used the wrong data. He was comparing data from 2012 not 2010 as the writer wrote in the article. We have had a significant increase in voter participation during Early Voting and we still have 2 days left.
We thought you should know the truth behind the smoke and mirrors. When you talk to your family, friends and neighbors ask them if they voted and thank them for making sure their vote counted. Also, remember Wendy Davis will be here Saturday and we will need help phone banking or block walking. We would like a great crowd so please come out.
Keep the faith and get out and vote.
WENDY DAVIS WILL BE HERE ON SATURDAY!
Come and meet the next Governor of Texas. She will be at Headquarters, 3308 Kemp, on Saturday 12:30.
BE THERE BY 12:00 TO PICK UP YOUR “WALKING PAPERS.”
Knocking will begin after Wendy’s speech.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
This is the Final Push …
We need YOU.
We are 2 weeks from Election Day. We have great candidates up and down our ballot and they need every ounce of energy we have to get them across the finish line. We have the correct message for the voters but some of them have not heard it. Our time is now and we need you.
We have a plan that will help get our candidates message out but we need the people to deliver it. If you are interested in winning this year and you are tired of what you have seen from the leadership of this state and you want to have the county we all want, we have some ways to help. Please look at the list of things we have planed along with the times and dates and mark your calendars to come down to Democratic Headquarters to help.
I know you may be concerned with negative responses from people in this community but we have had a real good response by the vast majority we have spoken to either by phone or at their home. Most, that are not voting with us, just say they are not interested and we move on to the next person. Most of the volunteers we have had said they enjoyed the opportunity to do it and it was fun to do it.
We have had a great group working thus far but they and the candidates can use your help. So please, find some time and come down to see what you can do to help.
Monday thru Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Knock
Get Out The Vote (GOTV):
Saturday 11/1 9:00am-12:30pm 4:00pm Knock
Sunday 11/2 12:30pm 4:00pm Knock
Monday 11/3 9:00am-12:30pm 4:00pm Knock
Tuesday 11/4 9:00am-12:30pm 4:00pm Knock
If you can not knock doors we can always use you to phone bank especially during the GOTV part. We can use any help you can provide. When knocking doors we will have a driver and a door knocker as we have been doing thus far.
If you are interested please call Democratic Headquarters at (940) 322-1127 or Kay Senn at (940) 882-1600. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with times and items you wish to do.
A little done by a large group of volunteers will get more people to the polls. We are going to make a difference this election and we are going to win if we can get the help
As always, we are very appreciative of the help we get,
Wichita County Democratic Party
3308 Kemp St Suite A
Wichita Falls, TX 76309
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