Monday, May 11, 2015

Did You Vote In Saturday's Municipal Election? Probably Not

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 10:42 AM

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Last Saturday — election day — just 37,456 people showed up to vote and 60,230 voted early for a total of 97,686 ballots cast. Bexar County has 821,615 registered voters, according to May 2015 unofficial results from the Elections Department.

Here's a breakdown of vote totals from the weekend:

In the mayoral race, which ended in a runoff between Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte, just 85,270 people voted.

Votes for City Council candidates mostly stayed below 10,000 per district:

District 1: 7,390 votes;

District 2: 4,996 votes;

District 3: 7,072 votes;

District 4: 4,566 votes;

District 5: 4,222 votes;

District 6: 5,909 votes;

District 7: 10,000 votes;

District 8: 9,782 votes;

District 9: 12,825 votes; and

District 10: 10,241 votes.

Those who did show up to the polls also weighed in on six propositions, all of which were approved.

The Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, which uses a one-eighth cent sales tax to purchase conservation easements over the aquifer's recharge zone, was approved with 83,644 people voting for or against it.

The Parks Development and Expansion plan, also funded through an eighth-cent sales tax, was approved with 83,181 people voting for or against it.

A proposition requiring a vote before the city could build streetcar or light rail in a public right of way passed with 80,302 people voting for or against it.

A proposal to pay the mayor a salary of $61,725 and council members a salary of $45,722 passed with 82,550 people voting for or against it.

A requirement to call a special election when replacing council and mayoral vacancies with 120 days or more remaining in a term passed with 81,654 people voting for or against it.

A proposition to eliminate City Charter provisions superseded by state law and to update outdated language was passed with 79,707 people voting for it.

But there's still a chance to weigh in on the mayoral race. The runoff between Taylor and Van de Putte is scheduled for June 13.

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