Back in October 2012, the University of Texas and Texas Tribune included a question in a poll to gauge Texans views of section 5.
The question got asked again in a February poll, but this time it got asked two ways.
One question asked whether “some states” with a history of discrimination should be required to have changes to voting-related laws approved by the federal government (which is how the question in the October poll also got asked).
But poll respondents also got a second variant of the question this time which asked if “Texas” because of its history of discrimination should be required to have changes to voting-related laws approved by the federal government.
That variant in wording shifted results for Democrats, Republicans, and independents.
When asked about “some states” without specifying Texas, 75% of Democrats favored section 5 review as did 17% of Republicans and 40% of independents.
But mention “Texas,” and Democratic support for section 5 goes to 80%, while Republican support goes to 10% (minus 7) and support from independents does to 27% (minus 13). Republican opposition, likewise, goes from 69% to 80%.
Here’s the full breakdown.
Texas redistricting now apparently is the by-word for aggressive gerrymandering as evidenced by this piece about the electoral boundaries drawn for Egypt’s first post-Arab Spring elections.
A memorable quote:
Redistricting I have found in Egypt is every bit as controversial as it is in Texas, in fact more so.
Uh, go us?
Like any good conservative event, CPAC 2013 kicked off with a WAR PANEL featuring Rep. Louie Gohmert, noted WAR ENTHUSIAST. To the highlights:
- Louie Gohmert describes seeing a dude wearing glasses. Says the guy looked “somewhat liberal” thanks to the specs. That’s right, corrected vision isn’t for freedom-lovers! See things with your all-American beer belly, not with your eyes!
- Gohmert condemns the United States for withdrawing from Vietnam, because we totally could have won that war: “Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it.”
- Speaking about the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan: “I know they’re Muslims, but they’re our friends.” Rebranding at work!
This has been Deep Thoughts With Louie Gohmert, CPAC 2013 edition.
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I am even more mortified to learn that this idiot is an Aggie.
Nonprofit VOTE is out with its look at the 2012 election, with information on turnout, demographics, early voting, and the impact of same-day voter registration.
As set out in the report, voter turnout continues to lag in Texas, with the state ranking 48th in voter turnout in 2012 (compared with 47th in 2008).*
Overall, according to data from the United States Elections Project, Texas saw voter participation decline by 9.2% in 2012 over 2008, a steeper decline than in all but six states.
The full report can be found here.
* Texas was 50th in voter turnout in 2010.