Mail-in votes increase during low voter turnout

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 9:04 AM

HOUSTON--Strategies are always changing in politics. In Harris County, the mail is at the center of the latest one.

Early voting starts Monday. According to the Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, tens of thousands of people have already mailed in early ballots. It is the highest volume ever seen there.

KHOU political analyst Bob Stein said the parties are expecting a low turnout, and that they are trying to lock in their respective bases early.

“It’s an extremely cost effective mechanism for ‘targeting’ in low turnout races and this is going to be a low turnout race,” Stein said.

So far, the numbers show Republicans outnumbering Democrats two to one in participation.

Stein said he does not expect participation to be higher than 10% in the May 29th primary. He said the number of mail-in voters and walk-in voters could be evenly split.

In the meantime, a broken scanner delayed election results in Galveston on Saturday. Mail-in ballots could not be counted.

 

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