Day One EV 2015 totals

Here they are, fresh from the inbox:

Year    Early    Mail   Total   Mailed
2015    8,889  14,240  23,129   40,626
2013    5,028   8,560  13,588   28,620


The 2015 Day One file is here, and the final 2013 file is here. A few observations:

1. Clearly, Day One totals are up from 2013. I would caution anyone from reading too much into this. For one, as more people have shifted to voting early, a larger percentage of the final total gets cast early. To put that another way, we can’t say from this that we are headed to a bigger turnout year, or more specifically to a bigger year of a given magnitude. My guess is that the more enthusiastic voters got themselves out on Day One instead of spreading their vote out a bit more through the week, but we’ll see. Someone will have to review the daily roster to get a feel for how many of Monday’s voters were old faithfuls and how many were not – remember, in 2013, about 30% of all voters had not voted in either of the previous two city elections. This information will be available, but we don’t have it yet, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

2. Same for mail ballots. When I reviewed them two weeks ago, I guessed we might be at 36-37,000 total ballots mailed out by today. We exceeded that by about ten percent, which puts us a good 25% above the mail ballot total from 2013, so we are definitely in line for more such ballots being returned this year. Again, though, that doesn’t mean more new voters – some number of these people are surely folks who had reliably turned out in person before. About 80% of the ballots that had been mailed out in 2013 were ultimately returned. As of Day One in 2013, 30% of all ballots that had been sent out were in the can. For this year, that total is 35%, so in keeping with the in person crowd, the absentee voters have been more prompt this year. We’ll keep an eye on that to see if the final tally is up.

3. Remember also, these are Harris County totals, not just Houston. It’s possible that more people in the not-Houston parts of Harris County have voted so far than they did in 2013. I doubt that would be very much, but again, until we see the rosters we’re just guessing.

4. Anecdotally, I’ve been seeing a ton of activity on Facebook about the election, and in particular the need to support HERO. A lot of that is from the usual suspects, though not all of it. It certainly feels like more interest than 2013, but it’s easy to lose perspective on that sort of thing. I also don’t have that many anti-HERO friends – certainly not the hardcore kind – so my view is skewed as well. But hey, at least we’re engaged.

Have you voted yet? I expect to later this week. I’ll keep track of the daily EV totals, though I may not post about them each day

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7 Responses to Day One EV 2015 totals

  1. Melissa says:

    At Cindy Clifford’s predictive lunch (sponsored by what Fulbright has morphed into & Klotz engineering-lovely time, thanks guys!), Rice guru Bob Stein said average age looked like 68. I thought that was astounding. Does explain the rise in mail ballots.

  2. The Dude says:

    What about a comparison to the last open Mayoral election, that might be more helpful…

  3. The Dude – I’m going to address this tomorrow, but the short answer is that turnout totals for 2009 and 2013 are nearly identical:

    2009 ballots cast = 181,659
    2013 ballots cast = 177,560

    2009 Harris County voters = 257,312
    2013 Harris County voters = 260,437

  4. voter_worker says:

    I voted yesterday at Bayland Park in southwest Houston at around 10am. The only person handing out material was from Eric Dick’s campaign, and there were no candidates present at the time. There was no line and several voters inside when I checked in. That process went very smoothly and I was in and out in just a few minutes. The total for the day according to Harris Votes: 361.

  5. Eastender says:

    I voted day one as well. Moody Park. There were a number of people there voting, but only a line of one or two people. Roland Chavez was out at that location.

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  7. matx says:

    voter_worker – Bayland is a great location early voting: lots of parking and I have never encountered a line even on the last day of EV after work!

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