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Observer Podcast Episode 18: Texas Voter Turnout


In this episode, I sit down with Observer contributor Saul Elbein and Democratic political consultant Jeff Rotkoff to tackle Texas voter turnout. For this month’s cover story, Elbein spent time in Alief. There he found an electorate simultaneously interested in several political issues but disillusioned with the voting process.

A participant in a Texans Together focus group expressed it like this:

They don’t pay my billsAt the end of the day, I’m the one who has to get up and work and pay everything and take care of my kids and stuff. They don’t know me personally, and I don’t know them. So at the end of the day I’m not going to pay attention to it. At the end of the day, they are going to do what they want. I don’t think our vote actually counts.”


Read Saul Elbein’s cover story “No Shows: Why So Few Texans Bother to Vote.”