Big issues draw small interest in November 7 election

Before Houston’s voters is funding vital to a pension deal that pulls a potential City bankruptcy off the table permanently while preventing thousands of public servant lay-offs.

"Oh. I had no clue about it," said a resident when asked about the election.

Turns out, he had plenty of company. At a southwest Houston polling place, FOX 26 found a participation level somewhere between a trickle and complete "crickets" despite City bond proposals totaling $1.5 billion.

A few blocks away, Lionel Mutin and Ramon Deanda were kicking off a morning workout with no plans to exercise their franchise.

"We are young right now, so we're not too much worried about it, worried about voting, but I think it will become more important later on down the line," said Mutin.

At the Ripely House polling place on the near east side, the election had drawn fewer than 20 voters by midday.

Justin Mejia says he's opting out this election claiming there were too many distractions, headed by an Astros World Championship, to focus on the issues.

The vapid voter turnout extended to Spring Branch, where at one polling place an hour and a half passed without a ballot cast, despite $900 million worth of school bonds proposed for approval.

"That's a lot of money. It's coming out of our pockets and I would like to see more people, if you will, contributing on that decision," said Tab Bingamon

In a community still reeling from a hurricane, there is one glaring omission that may have served to suppress interest - the City is proposing $1.5 billion in bonds without a single penny for flood control.

And to the sliver of those eligible who cared enough to cast a vote, that may well matter.

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