Election Day in May

Tomorrow is Election Day. And no you're not hearing it wrong. Texas holds three uniform elections—the March Primary—the November election—and another in May. Laurie Johnson has more.
The May elections are so little known and even less attended that 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 election that 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 determined by 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 live within 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 and where your polling center is located.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
Bio photo of Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...