Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Texas Embarrasses Itself With Another Low Voter Turnout
Texas has a history of low voter turnout -- whether it is in a primary, an off-year election, or a presidential election. And on Super Tuesday, Texans did that again. Only 21.5% of Texans of voting age (18 and older) bothered to take a few minutes to go vote in either party primary. That was the lowest voter participation of any state that has voted -- except for Louisiana. But Louisiana has a closed primary (meaning Independents can't vote), while Texas had an open primary (where anyone can vote).
About 14.3% of eligible voters participated in the Republican primary in Texas, while 7.2% participated in the Democratic primary. It seems that Texas is still a very red state -- at least among the few citizens who actually vote.
Frankly, I'm ashamed of my fellow Texans (of both parties). There's simply no excuse for not voting. It's the least that should be expected of all citizens.
These charts were made from information in a Texas Tribune article.