Carroll Has Solutions to a few of the Problems Facing Lillie Schechter and the Harris County Democratic Party
AUBREY R. TAYLOR REPORTS©
I totally agree with most of the requests put forth to Chairwoman Lillie Schechter in an “OPEN LETTER” dated Saturday, April 11, 2020, by Carroll G. Robinson. However, while forming committees, in general, is a good thing, who Chairwoman Lillie Schechter appoints to serve on these proposed committees is what I’m much more concerned about. But, I am going to reserve further comment on this matter until we see whether any of Carroll Robinson’s requests are implemented, or even taken seriously by the Harris County Democratic Party. But until then, Lillie Schechter and the Harris County Democratic Party had better get about the business of making sure that their party faithful, “VOTE BLUE – NO MATTER WHO,” on Tuesday, November 3. 2020.
AUBREY R. TAYLOR REPORTS©
What is an undervote? I’m glad you asked. An undervote occurs when a voter skips over a race on the ballot for one reason or another. How do undervotes affect races on the ballot? Well, during the last two major election cycles the straight-ticket voting advantage has been so skewed in favor of the Democrats in Harris County, Texas that undervotes didn’t matter that much. However, nobody knows with full certainty what’s going to happen on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, now that straight-ticket voting has been abolished in Texas. Take a look back at 2012, for instance. When President Barack Obama was running for re-election and being challenged by Sen. Mitt Romney, there were 587,044 ballots cast for President Barack Obama in Harris County, Texas. Comparatively speaking, there were 586,073 ballots cast for Sen. Mitt Romney. So, get this, with a total of 1,173,117 votes cast, President Barack Obama only beat Sen. Mitt Romney by a mere 971 votes in Harris County, Texas. So, without straight-ticket voting, who knows what would have happened. You have to remember, back in 2012, the straight-ticket voting contest was tight as well, 406,991 Democrats voted a straight-ticket, and 404,165 Republicans voted a straight-ticket in Harris County – that’s a differential of only 2,826 votes. So, come Tuesday, November 3, 2020, both major political parties in Texas must be on their game. Why? I’m about to tell you if you hold your horses. Back in 2016, when President Donald J. Trump and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton came through Harris County, Texas there were roughly 26,622 undervotes registered in the race for President of the United States. Let me make it a little clearer for you, a total of 1,312,112, voters cast a ballot in the race for President of the United States in Harris County, Texas back on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Hilliary Clinton, the Democratic nominee received 707,914 votes, for 53.95% of the overall vote. Comparatively speaking, Donald J. Trump the Republican nominee only received 545,955 votes for 41.61% of the overall vote, with the remainder of the votes cast for an assortment of other presidential contenders. My research revealed that Donald J. Trump got fewer votes than any other candidate running countywide in Harris County, Texas back on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – but that’s beside the point right now. What I want you to pay close attention to here is how the “UNDERVOTES” seem to increase as voters scroll down their ballot. Remember, I told you that the undervotes registered in the race for President of the United States stood at 26,622 – right? Well, by the time voters made their way down to the countywide judicial races the undervote tally fell in a range from 46,360 undervotes to 69,344 undervotes – which could be a major problem if this occurs in the upcoming Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Presidential Election in Harris County, Texas. Why? Well, with straight-ticket voting being abolished in the state of Texas, the undervote tallies could perhaps be significantly higher -- maybe in the 100,000 to 200,000 range depending on what type of voter education initiatives are launched between now and Election Day in my opinion.