David McClendon

Why Houston Will Be Hard to Count in Census 2020

By David McClendon / November 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

Counting people is vital to our democracy. Every ten years, the US government has a constitutional obligation to conduct a census that counts everyone living in the United States. This count determines how many Congressional representatives each state receives, the levels of Federal funding for state and local governments and federal programs, and serves as…

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Did Late Openings at Nine Polling Locations in Harris County Affect Voter Turnout?

By David McClendon / November 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Did Late Openings at Nine Polling Locations in Harris County Affect Voter Turnout?

The “blue wave” of the 2018 midterm elections crashed into Harris County last Tuesday with unprecedented voter turnout for a non-presidential election year. Countywide, voter turnout was up from 34% in 2014 to 52%, according to unofficial counts. That’s more than 520,000 additional ballots than in 2014. Yet, despite high turnout, nine polling locations failed…

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