The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Saturday, March 18, 2006

How Do People Vote Down Ballot?

(Commenter Demosthenes taking a little bit of the load off of me.)

Who says your vote doesn’t count?

We are now about to lose a second incumbent county judge by one single vote.
Well, two votes, actually, but one vote just sounds more dramatic. With the
counting of mail-in ballots, Laura Salina creeps her margin ahead by 13
votes. What happened, Oscar??

The outcomes of two primary elections won't be known until March 20, the
deadline for overseas ballots from military personnel.

The results of one race in Bexar County not only tightened after the partial
counting of mail-in and provisional ballots Tuesday, but Democratic primary
challenger Laura Salinas surged ahead of County Court-at-Law No. 9 Judge
Oscar Kazen.

Kazen, who's seeking his second term, appeared to win the party nomination
by 12 votes out of nearly 35,000 cast in the race on election night.
But Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said that Tuesday's tally showed
Salinas receiving 23 votes to Kazen's 10.

"We now have a one-vote difference — Salinas is ahead," Callanen said.

It looks like we’re headed to a photo-finish on this one. So? What did it?
County Court-at-Law is pretty far down-ballot. The conventional wisdom is
that for a race with such relative obscurity, it just comes down to the
ethnic preferability of the name, gender and ballot order. I don’t know
about ballot order in a 2-person race. Evidence on that is rather sketchy.
Both Oscar and Phil Meyer have ethnic name and gender against them. You tell
me (ie – leave comments) – what determined these races?