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Constable's Notebook - December 2008

This year’s presidential and congressional elections mattered more than perhaps any in my lifetime. Our new president will confront two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Unlike some elections, there was a real difference between the candidates. I have written more than a few columns that urged citizens to participate in their democracy by voting for candidates and issues that represent their interests. I expressed dissatisfaction that less than 10% of registered voters have determined who is elected to city council, school board and community college boards. I railed about the fact that presidential elections in the United States have attracted far fewer of its citizens than almost any other democracy. I used guilt and even shame to encourage more citizens to exercise their constitutional right and responsibility to vote.

Did the most closely watched and historic and exciting presidential election in generations live up to the expectations of historic voter turnout? The good news is that the national percentage turnout in the presidential election was the largest since 1968. But while more than a record 125,000,000 Americans cast votes this year, turnout only exceeded the 2004 voter turnout by about 3 million votes. Travis County voters again led Texas counties in voter turnout. Though the total number of votes cast increased by almost 50,000, the turnout percentage only increased from 64% in 2004 to just over 66% this year. Five voting precincts including 237 (Highland Park Baptist Church) and 256 (Casis Elementary School) exceeded 80% turnout but less than half of the registered voters turned out in 11 Travis County precincts.

We all hope that the incoming administration and Congress will quickly and effectively address the challenges they inherited. This holiday season local officials and our non-profit community, also hit hard by the economic downturn, need help in order to respond to an increased need for shelter, food, clothing, toys and medical assistance. All the great religions speak to our need to help the least among us. I am proud that my employees have decided to dramatically downsize our office holiday party in order to sponsor several families who are in crisis. There can be no better gift than to assist others who have not been blessed with health, wealth, or stable family lives.

I hope you and your family enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.



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