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One Vote in City Runoff Elections Equivalent to Ten Votes on Election Day

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In the 2018 election, 20,899 College Station residents cast votes for Place 6 on the College Station City Council. Since none of the candidates received 50% plus one of the overall vote, a runoff election was ordered between Elizabeth Cunha and Dennis Maloney.

Elizabeth Cunha won the majority of votes on election day and received 852 more votes than Maloney.

In the runoff election six weeks later, only 2,077 residents cast votes. Elizabeth Cunha lost the runoff election by 373 votes, even though she previously won the majority. Approximately 90% of the voters in the general election did not return for the runoff race.

Due to low voter turnout in College Station runoff elections, one vote is equivalent to ten votes on a general election day.

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