So I did my civic duty for the runoff on my way home from work yesterday, casting my ballots for Dale Henry and Larry Weiman. Not too surprisingly, there wasn’t any line at the Metro Multi-Service Center on West Gray – I was in and out in under two minutes. Sure does make a difference having a hard-fought, intensely interesting Presidential campaign at the top of the ticket, doesn’t it?
Here’s the two-day totals (PDF) for early voting at each location. Also in the “not too surprisingly” category is the higher turnout for the Republicans, where the DA runoff is the hottest contest going right now. The CD22 runoff is also of interest, though that’s mostly confined to HDs 128 and 129, where turnout is heavy, and 144, where it’s moderately so. If you want to take a guess as to what that might mean for the DA race, here’s how Kelly Siegler and Pat Lykos did in the State Rep districts that had at least 300 ballots cast at their early voting locations through two days:
Dist Siegler Lykos =================== HD126 3872 2841 HD127 5179 3157 HD128 2233 1420 HD129 4009 2926 HD136 5076 4976 HD138 2165 2125 HD144 2385 1501
This does not include HD137, whose two early voting locations have each had over 300 people show up so far; as there was no Republican candidate on the ballot for State Rep there, I can’t easily separate out those votes. Note that this isn’t a perfect correlation, as anyone can vote in any early location, though usually a decent percentage of them are from that district. You don’t know what the Leitner and Perry voters will do, but I’d say so far this bodes well for Kelly Siegler.