Based on early results, it appears a reversal of Austin’s ill-advised homeless camping law is on it’s way to passage by the voters.
May 1 is Local Election Day in Texas, and the capitol city of Texas is reporting a mixed bag of results based on early voting totals and over half of precincts now reporting.
The camping ban, Proposition B, is ahead with 63% of the vote. A bipartisan initiative, Save Austin Now, spearheaded the vote-for campaign, while establishment Democrats and city hall were steadfastly against — with Democratic socialists threatening that Austin voting was trending “much, much older” and “much, much more Republican.” However, according to analyst Derek Ryan, a lion’s share of Democrats defied party leadership and local Democratic Socialist activists to vote for the ban, which allowed camping in public areas (and was associated with a sharp rise in crime).
Here’s what you need to know about the Austin camping ban proposition. 20% of early voters were Republican Primary voters. 55% were Democrat Primary voters. The remaining had no primary history but based on modeling data, 75% of that group skewed Democrat. #atx https://t.co/3BTZtaNRgD
— Derek Ryan (@longhornderek) May 2, 2021
But other liberal reforms are a mixed bag. Binding arbitration for city hall/firefighters union disputes (Proposition A) is passing 3-to-1. Several propositions championed by a Soros-backed entity are failing at the time of writing, including a Strong Mayor model of governance (Proposition F) and “Democracy Dollars” (Proposition H) look dead, along with an extra Council district related to removing the mayor from the council (Proposition G).
- Fort Worth-area (Congressional District 6 special election): It may be a long night, as early votes report Wright (R) 15.74%, Ellzey (R) 15.72%, Sanchez (D) 14.02%, Harrison (R) 12.81%, and Lassiter (D) 8.65%. Wright is the widow of Congressman Ron Wright who died Feb. 7.
Lubbock: An unborn sanctuary proposition is passing roughly 16,000 to 9,500 votes.
San Antonio: Incumbent liberal mayor Ron Nirenberg has 63% of the early vote to conservative challenger Greg Brockhouse‘s 31%.
- Statewide: Incumbents are faring well, while proposals backed by incumbent mayors (e.g. Austin’s Steve Adler and Dallas’s Eric Johnson) are not doing so hot.