Sunday, April 28, 2013

Citizens Vote When There's Smoke

San Angelo's highest voter turnout in twenty years came in 2010 with a special election on a No Smoking Ordinance and removing the sunset on the 1/2 cent sales tax. 

There hasn't been an election since then.  How might citizens turn out under these circumstances?  Will they have forgotten how to exercise their right to choose political leaders?  Or will they turn out in droves for the chance to send new blood into Council chambers? 

If memory serves me correctly J.W. Lown surprised San Angelo insider Jim Hughes in 2003.  That happened with 13% of citizens voting, just under the average pictured of 16%.  If it happens once a decade, an election upset is due. 

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