Dismal weather keeps voters at home

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HOUSTON, TX – What a difference a day makes. Especially a day like this.

It’s primary day and voters are supposed to be out in force. Instead, the only thing filling the parking lot at the Payne Cathedral of Faith polling location on the Northside is rain. By mid-morning, only two voters had been by — the ballot boxes empty. It was the same at the Women’s College Prep Academy on Cleburne. And for an election with historically low turn out on a good day, this day was dismal.

“I think bad weather is going to affect any election negatively,” says Harris County Democratic party Chairman Lane Lewis.

The places most affected are ones in low-income neighborhoods where residents tend to vote democratic and often walk or ride the bus to the polls.

Still, we found a few souls willing to brave the elements on this rainy morning.

“I have to be out later anyway, so what’s one more time?” quips Glenda Green as she makes her way through the 36 degree temps outside the Third Ward Multi-Service Center on Ennis street. “It’s my civic duty. I enjoy having some say in the local stuff going on because this really my biggest impact.”

By lunchtime, less than 30 people had shown up to cast their ballots.

“Look, there’s nobody here now; no lines,” voter Craig Torry says as he makes his way inside behind Glenda.

“It’s important for people to remember that polls don’t close until 7 o’clock, so they need to get out there and vote,” Lane Lewis urges.

And while we know every vote counts in every election, it may be Mother Nature’s ballot that has the biggest impact this time around.