Sunday, February 28, 2016

Texas Early Voting Turnout Is Way Down In 2016

We know that the turnout in the first three Democratic primaries/caucus (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada) was down significantly from the figures in the last contested year (2008). Now it looks like the same thing is happening in Texas -- if early voting is an indicator (and I believe it is).

In 2008, 890,188 Democrats voted early, but this year only 448,863 Democrats have voted early (numbers are for the 15 largest Texas counties). That's only 50.4% of the 2008 turnout for 2016 -- a drop of nearly half.

Where is the infamous Sanders revolution -- a revolution that was supposed to bring many new voters to the polls? If he can't even boost Democratic turnout, how are we to believe he will do that in the general election?

The numbers above are from the office of the Texas Secretary of State.

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