Vote (but Vote Carefully)

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 26, 2006

To the editor,
    With all due respect to the Mother Jones article Lee Nichols cited [“Election 2006,” News, Sept. 22], may I suggest that the best way to "bother" Tom DeLay and his merry band of redistricters is for our neighbors to vote in large numbers in the upcoming election.
    Clearly, the Mother Jones article lacked the benefit of the analysis by Lee Nichols and Kimberly Reeves in the Aug. 11 Chronicle [“Lloyd Doggett, Conservative Democrat,” “Doggett Prepares to Win New District – Again,” News], which remains the most incisive article I have seen about the composition of the latest version of District 25.
    While at least it unites South Austin with the brewery in Shiner, District 25 now stretches from Lakeway around Central Austin to Eagle Lake and Yoakum. It contains 200,000 people I have never served before and enough Republicans that George W. Bush was able to beat Al Gore in it without a recount. Though they face very challenging races, my friends John Courage in District 21 and Ted Ankrum in District 10 are also deserving of support.
    Not only these district lines, but the election process itself is confusing. Unlike any other that we have had in Central Texas, a separate vote is required in my congressional race. Straight party votes will not be counted toward my election.
    With new lines, new procedures, and three candidates running against me, I am hard at work trying to earn votes in what is my third new district in three elections. So if you believe the Bush administration and its cronies have our nation on the wrong course, I hope you will bother to vote in the upcoming congressional elections.
    And if you can do more, come by our office, just south of the new Whole Foods at 916-C W. Third or call 391-2343.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett
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