Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Setting the Record Straight on Stephanie Townsend-Allala's Voting History

I checked out her voting history. Yes, there is still a record of an old address in Austin. But according to Texas VAN, which is the voter database that campaigns use to identify voters, Townsend-Allala is a regular voter in El Paso County.

Unfortunately, Google doesn't index Texas VAN so you will not get the full detail.

I write this because there's a piece on David K's Blog that indicates a pretty thin voting history for STA. The problem is in her name. She's been married before and has changed her name a couple of times along the way.

But once I was able to figure all that stuff out, I found she was a regular and consistent voter. Not a 100% voter, and she's missed 3 municipal elections since she came back to El Paso according to VAN, but she votes regularly nonetheless.

The system, which is a VITAL tool for campaigns because its accuracy with data is what campaigns base decisions off of, is solid. It indicates that her partisan index is listed as Hard Democrat and her turnout is Certain. These are classifications used in the system to describe a voter. Obviously this means that based on her voting history she is someone you would want to send mail to, phone bank, or block walk because she's going to vote.

Her 2012 DCCC score is 83.87. Thats a score put out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign to score voter participation. By comparison mine is 88.90. It means I vote more regularly than she does, but she's not far behind me.

I'm on the other side of the issue on the ballpark, but facts are facts. She's a regular voter.

The confusion is in her name. Its an honest mistake. No big deal. Nothing to see here.

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