Today, on the Bayou Blue Democrats Club podcast series, we are sharing the recording we made last night at our April Club meeting. We had special guest Rice Professor Professor Robert Stein join us to share his views and insights on what we might expect when straight ticket voting is eliminated in Harris County voting based upon years of research in voting behaviors of the general public.
Please excuse the severely sub-standard sound quality, as we recorded in a large and noisy room, with many people participating and asking questions, as opposed to a more formal question and answer session in a controlled and quiet atmosphere. Also, Professor Stein didn’t like using a mic, so he walked around a lot, meaning the volume and quality are very low. Apologies.
In this episode, Professor Stein talks about what we might expect in our coming elections now that straight ticket voting has been eliminated. Why was straight ticket voting introduced in the first place? And does it actually achieve what it was designed to do? What group of voters did Professor Stein identify as willing to vote for every single contest on the ballot instead of voting straight ticket, already? And very importantly… what do demographic changes possibly mean for 2020?