MONTGOMERY COUNTY 2004 ELECTION RECAP
The presence of only three contested District races (Congressional District #8 and State House of Representative Districts #15 and #18) and the absence of any contested county or precinct races on the ballot, dictated that the Party’s first campaign priority should be voter turnout (GOTV). A large voter turnout was especially important for Congressman Kevin Brady in the newly configured District #8 and for Republican John Otto of Liberty County in State House District #18 where he was challenging Democrat incumbent Dan Ellis of Polk County. Six East Montgomery County precincts are a portion of House District #18. House District #15 Republican incumbent, Rob Eissler, faced a challenge by Libertarian Ross Stevenson.
The County Phone Center contacted over 21,000 Republican households between September 13th and October 29th to remind them of the importance of their votes during the early voting period. Almost 9,000 Republican households that had failed to vote during the early voting period were contacted by automated election day GOTV calls. 12,000 households that had registered to vote after the Primary elections received a GOTV direct mail piece. Precinct walks in 46 target precincts distributed over 57,000 GOTV door hangers. The Headquarters distributed over 5,000 Bush-Cheney bumper stickers and over 3,000 yard signs, mailed hundreds of mail ballot applications and answered hundreds of telephone requests.
SUMMARY OF RETURNS
* The total voter registration list includes a number of individuals whose new voter registration card mailed by the Voter Registrar has been returned because of a change of address. Many of these individuals have moved from the county while others have moved to a new address in the county. These individuals are placed on the Suspense List and must remain there for four years according to Federal Law. The individuals with new addresses in the county may re-register and vote. If the Suspense List were not included in the calculation of voter turnout, the percent of turnout would larger, i.e. the county’s 2004 turnout would be 73.71% and precinct #72 would be 90.85%.