Good citizens throughout Galveston County went to the polls Saturday. What should we conclude from the returns?

• In Galveston, voters are ready for more investment in infrastructure in their own neighborhoods and more civility on the council. After the election, the talk in the coffee shops was about the new sense of hope that this council will be able to work together in ways that the last council just couldn’t seem to do.

• Folks in the Dickinson Independent School District were sold on the need for two new schools. Anytime 76 percent of the voters say yes to a $56 million bond issue, the school district has done a good job of communicating with its constituents. The Dickinson school district has been growing rapidly and justified the need for two new schools in an area that’s still growing.

• The ballot included some tight races — and a few that haven’t been resolved. In District B of the La Marque City Council, District 1 of the Galveston City Council and Position 5 on the Galveston College board of regents, voters still have work to do. Stay tuned for the June 21 runoff elections.

• Finally, thoughtful people in all our communities ought to do some thinking about the number of people who cast ballots. Voter turnout is not the only measure of the health of a local democratic government. But it is a measure.

It’s a fact, rather than an opinion, about each of the communities we live in. The percentage of turnout says something about how people are engaged in the public’s business. If one out of five care enough and are informed enough to cast a vote, is the local government healthy? And what if it’s only one out of 40?


Galveston County voter turnout

Galveston mayoral race

Registered voters: 29,997

Votes cast: 5,557

Turnout: 18.5 percent

 

Galveston, District 1

Registered voters: 4,134

Votes cast: 581

Turnout: 14.1 percent

 

Galveston, District 2

Registered voters: 5,383

Votes cast: 803

Turnout: 14.9 percent

 

Galveston, District 3

Registered voters: 4,418

Votes cast: 751

Turnout: 17 percent

 

Galveston, District 4

Registered voters: 4,604

Votes cast: 712

Turnout: 15.5 percent

 

Galveston, District 5

Registered voters: 5,924

Votes cast: 1,202

Turnout: 20.3 percent

 

Galveston, District 6

Registered voters: 5,534

Votes cast: 1,337

Turnout: 24.2 percent

 

La Marque, City Council District B

Registered voters: 2,501

Votes cast: 318

Turnout: 12.7 percent

 

Texas City Commission, District 1

Registered voters: 7,806

Votes cast: 337

Turnout: 4.3 percent

 

Hitchcock school board, District 5

Registered voters: 750

Votes cast: 100

Turnout: 13.3 percent

 

La Marque school board, District 5

Registered voters: 2,165

Votes cast: 51

Turnout: 2.4 percent

Heber Taylor is editor of The Daily News.

(14) comments

Robert Buckner

Looking at the turnout percentages, it seems most folks don't care..... [sad]

Carlos Ponce

I just wonder if the total number of registered voters has been purged of deceased voters. Everyone knows the dead only come out to vote in Presidential elections and in close gubernatorial races. And when brain functions cease, you only vote in one particular party.[beam]

Ellen Morrison

You're right on that, Carlos. The voter rolls are way out of whack. They put the new ones in, but the old ones don't come out for a very long time.

I wonder what the real count of registered voters would be?

George Croix

"...more investment..."
"...more civility..."

Uh oh...
If that means the same as what it's come to mean, then hello more taxes and more partisanship.

Hope not...

Gary Miller

Robert B.
Turnout in every race indicated the majority "don't care".
Our government was designed FOR, OF and BY the people. When the people vote it works, when the people don't vote it doesn't work.
Government employees want government to grow. Government grows when the majority of voters are government employees/voters.
Our bloated government is the result of the "I don't care" majority not voting.
They complain about debt and taxes but don't vote when the solution for debt and taxes is voting.

Gary Miller

When I say government employees I include everyone getting money from government.
Everyone getting any form of welfare is a government employee told keeping the welfare depends on how they vote.
Every public school drop out can understand that message.

Carlos Ponce

Conjecture: Those who did vote are either (a) informed voters or (b) those who have a personal stake in the outcome.
Those who did not vote are the uninformed masses. If they did vote they would probably vote on personality and not issues.
I dare say that readers of this forum and the GDN are informed voters.
The bloated number on the registered voter list is due to the massive voter registration drives and automatic registration when you get your driver's license. They only vote when an election interests them.
Then you have the voter who doesn't like anyone on the ballot.or who doesn't vote on a bond issue because they own no property so no harm either way (they think).
With Early Voting and the ability to vote anywhere in the county in county, state and national elections there's no excuse, not even weather, not to vote. It's called apathy.

Ellen Morrison

No, the voter rolls are very outdated (I know, I have a copy).

People on there that have been dead for over a year. People on there that have moved away more than 3 years ago.

Still, it is a bit more updated than 2 years ago, when at my house number resided me, my spouse - and the people that sold it to us.

RonShelby
Ron Shelby

I'm amazed on the LMISD vote turnout,...especially with all the recent issues. Parents are totally aware of what's been happening in their school... Disappointing.

GW Cornelius

WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CARE NEITHER DO THE VOTERS. LOOKING FORWARD TO A COUNCIL THAT CAN GET ALONG AND GET SOME THINGS DONE. WOULD BE NICE FOR A CHANGE TO SEE THE COUNCIL WORK INSTEAD OF FOLLOW THEIR OWN AGENDA. MOSTLY WE HAVE A GOOD COUNCIL AND I THINK WE WILL SEE SOME GOOD RESULTS THIS TIME.

Ellen Morrison

You might want to turn off the caps lock and stop yelling.

And maybe read the forum instructions where it requests that you do so.

Robert Buckner

Many possibilities why such a poor turnout but I've got a feeling most don't think their vote matters.

JBG JBG

When constituents fail to act as a restrainer for power in the hands of elected officials it almost always ends badly!
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To much power tends to CORRUPT, and absolute power CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY!
----Lord Akton

L' Ouest

Once again, we see that the District that has the highest percentage of "older" voters (District 6 - The West End) had the highest turnout....

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