(I have some additional analysis of the voter file, looking deeper into the data but from 2002 forward, which I'll try to post today. Both are an interesting read and express why no one in Travis County has a real sense of what is going on with their elections. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)
Here are some interesting statistics from Dusty Knight, Chief Deputy to Nelda Spears, Tax Collector, about early voting in the Democratic Primary:
96,801 early voted as Democrats in Travis County
47,531 were first time voters in a primary.
The "first time voters" means it was the first time to vote in a PRIMARY. Of the 47,531 first time primary voters, 34,622 had voted in a previous general or city election, leaving 12,909 (13% of the total)who have never voted at all before).
49,270 had a voting history in Primary elections:.
37,924 had only voted in Democratic Primary in the past.
4,768 had only voted in Republican Primary in the past.
6,578 had voted in either Democratic or Republican Primary in the past.
We've got a Democratic Primary in this Strongly Blue County that (so far) shows that
13% have never voted before at all
36% are what we might call "independent" (i.e., General Election-only voters)
12% are former Republican voters (11,346 of the total)
That's means that 61% of the people voting in the Democratic Primary are not traditional Democratic voters.
"First time" (in a Primary) voters by age:
over 60 5,819
50 - 60 7,174
40 - 50 7,974
30 - 40 11,777
20 - 30 12,662
18 - 20 2,084