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City Council runoffs draw 1% of registered voters so far

Corrie Boudreaux El Paso Matters

City Council runoffs draw 1% of registered voters so far

Three City Council races – in Districts 1, 6 and 8 – weren’t decided in the Nov. 8 election because no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. So voters in those districts are being asked to go back to the polls one more time, during a holiday season. 

Fewer than 1% of registered voters in Districts 6 and 8 cast ballots between the start of early voting Wednesday and Sunday. District 1 turnout is only 1.5% of registered voters.

Early voting continues through Dec. 13. Here is where you can cast a ballot if you live in City Council District 1, 6 or 8. 

Runoff elections often draw significantly less turnout than the first round of voting, which means a relatively small number of people can determine who gets elected.

In July 2020, fewer than 32,000 people voted in the Democratic runoff for district attorney, down from 69,000 in the March Democratic primary. Yvonne Rosales defeated James Montoya by just over 1,200 votes in the runoff.

Rosales announced her resignation last week after a turbulent two year tenure as district attorney.

This article first appeared on El Paso Matters and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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