Another Election Day came and went and too few noticed. This is troubling in not only Galveston County, but also across Texas and the nation.
First of all, thanks to all who took the time to be informed about the issues, candidates and choices before them. We applaud you.
On the other side of the equation is a participation level of everyone else. According to final, but unofficial, totals, only 10,750 voters cast ballots during early voting and on Election Day. Mathematically, that is a miserable percentage.
Granted this was what many call an off cycle, or nonpresidential, election. But the reality is of a population of 300,000 residents, big decisions were determined by a crowd that, if seated in Minute Maid Park watching the Astros, would occupy only 25 percent of the ballpark. Hot dog vendors would have a bad night, to say the least.
We are not here to beat up the electorate, but rather point out if we decide to not participate in elections that include such important issues as $80 million in bonds, we need to accept the outcomes without complaining.
Even in Galveston, where two hotly debated school board positions were up for grabs, slightly more than 1,000 votes were cast in total. Again, not picking sides, only pointing out if someone did not get out, get educated and cast a vote, complaining about the outcome is rather hypocritical.
In case you missed it, the $80 million bond will be three separate bond propositions, voters overwhelmingly approved $56 million for road projects and $6 million for flood control. This decision has far-reaching potential for the county and is one The Daily News endorsed last month. We feel this is a good move as it addresses road, drainage and facility improvements — and after Harvey, the need is only amplified.
In a world of political decisiveness, getting out to vote is a basic and important part of helping shape our future — whether that be locally, statewide or on the national stage. We salute those who took the time to get out and participate in this week’s election.
For those who stayed home and decided not to participate by casting a vote, we’d encourage you to get engaged and help shape your community, state and nation in coming elections. If you don’t, someone else will.
• Leonard Woolsey
Editor note: For the record, and as best as we can determine, the lowest attendance for an Astros game in Minute Maid Park was 14,195 fans against the Rockies in 2012. The team finished with 55 wins and 107 losses that season.