Election Day 2019: Will Turner avoid runoff? What else are we voting for?


Today is Election Day, and even though it's an 'off' year election, there is a lot on the line.

There has been a contentious race for Mayor in Houston. Political analyst Michele Maples says she doesn't think anything gets settled today between Mayor Sylvester Turner, Tony Buzbee, and Bill King.

"We will see a Turner-Buzbee runoff. Now there me be a surge, and perhaps it will be Turner-King," Maples said.

Maples says that Buzbee has shaken things up since getting into the race.

"He's done a great job of being the active citizen, and saying that if no one else steps up, I'm going to do it," Maples explained.

If the early voting numbers are any indication, then turnout is going to be low, which also doesn't surprise Maples.

"People are just tired of the political volleyball that goes back and forth," she said. "People are just turned off by politics in general."

University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus agrees that turnout will not be robust.

"It'll be bigger than it has been in past mayoral elections, but not as big as it has been in other years," Rottinghaus said.

He adds there are other things on the ballot to vote on besides the Mayor's race.

"Proposition 3 would allow a temporary exemption from property taxes appraised after disasters," Rottinghaus told KTRH News.

There is also Prop 4, which would make it more difficult for lawmakers in Austin to impose an income tax.

Voting hours today are form 7-7. You need photo identification in order to vote.


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