Projected Turnout "Bleak" For Council Run-offs

Eight candidates for Houston City Council are in run-off races on December tenth. The races are important but unlikely to draw many voters.

To say voter turnout for the run-off will be dismal may be an understatement.

Nancy Sims, a political analyst with Pierpont Communications says the turnout for the regular election was dismal already, so bleak might be a better prediction for the run-off races.

"Traditionally when we're in a non-mayoral election year we do tend to have lower voter turnout in the run-off because all people are coming out for is these council races. So there's nothing else on the ballot to pull them out. But the district races will probably drive the bulk of the turnout."

Sims is referring to the run-off races in Districts A and B which are likely to generate more activity at the polls, and therefore, those voters are more likely to determine the outcome of the two at-large races on the ballot.

But Sims says all Houston voters should take this election seriously.

"I would encourage voters to pay close attention. This is an important race. You've got four members of council, that's going to be a quarter of the new council, with run-offs and still picking that leadership. So it's important and every Houstonian can vote in the at-large races."

Houston's run-off election will be held Saturday, December 10th. There are four city council races on the ballot.

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