Election Night Results
By the numbers: What passed, what failed
By Richard Whittaker,
9:05AM, Wed. Nov. 9, 2011
The results from last night's elections are in, and the analysis is simple. Travis County voters are still OK with bonds, which may put them at odds with the rest of the state. However, everyone loves veterans.
Turnout, as predicted with no major races on the ballot, was sluggish, with only 5.3% of registered voters statewide making it to the ballot. Voter participation was a little stronger in Travis County: 3.61% voted early, but that swelled to around 8.7% by the close of polls.
In local results, both county bonds passed by double digits although there was marginally more support for Prop. 1's transportation money than Prop. 2's cash for parks. Even after a massive 'no' campaign by local Republicans and conservatives, Lake Travis ISD got its new construction and land acquisition bonds approved.
Statewide, seven of the ten constitutional amendments passed, but the big takeaway may be how close most of the votes were. Four of the ten passed or failed by less than five percent.
There were also a handful of elected seats on the ballot: In the Village of Point Venture, Cristin Celcal becomes mayor, and Jeffrey Warneke and Donald Conyer join the council, while Stacy Eleuterius was elected unopposed to the Lago Vista ISD board of trustees.
Over in Brazos County's House District 14, Republicans Bob Yancy and John Raney head to a run-off to finish Fred Brown's unexpired term.
Here are the results in full:
Major Travis County Results
Prop 1: $132.8 million in bonds for road, drainage, bridge, and bike/pedestrian projects: 59%-41%
Prop 2: $82.1 million in bonds for parks and land conservation projects: 59%-41%
Lake Travis ISD: $158 million in construction bonds: 58%-42%
Statewide Constitutional AmendmentsPassed
Prop 1: Tax exemption for surviving spouses of veterans: 83%-17%
Prop 2: $6 billion in Water Development Board bonds: 52%-48%
Prop 3: Bonds to pay for education loans: 55%-45%
Prop 5: Interlocal agreements between cities and counties: 58%-42%
Prop 6: Dipping deeper into the Permanent School Fund: 52%-48%
Prop. 9: Full pardons for deferred adjudications: 57%-43%
Prop 10: Change automatic resignation date to run for new office: 56%-44%
Prop 4: Development bonds for counties: 41%-59%
Prop 7: Allow El Paso to form reclamation districts: 48%-52%
Prop 8: Tax exemptions for water stewardship: 47%-53%