Voting results from 5 precincts indicate higher-than-average turnout by gay, lesbian residents; 4 of 5 precincts help save planned toll road
Voting results from five precincts known to include large populations of LGBT residents show higher-than-average turnout in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election with four of the five precincts voting to preserve the toll road in the Trinity River Corridor Project.
Turnout in four Oak Lawn precincts 1232, 1233, 1234 and 3200 was placed at 18.82 percent, 24.92 percent, 24.36 percent and 15.7 percent respectively. Oak Cliff precinct 4421 had a 22.33 percent turnout.
The citywide average was 15.2 percent.
In Oak Lawn, precinct 1232 residents voted for the amendment to pull the toll road from the project by 53 percent to 47 percent. It was the only precinct of the five to support Councilwoman Angela Hunt’s effort to prevent the toll road from being built inside the Trinity River bottom.
Residents of Oak Lawn precincts 1233, 1234 and 3200 voted against the amendment by 53 percent to 47 percent, 59 percent to 41 percent and 51 percent to 49 percent respectively, and residents of Oak Cliff precinct 4421 voted 57 percent to 43 percent against the amendment.
Citywide, the amendment was defeated by 53 to 47 percent.
Jesse Garcia, president of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, said the precinct records confirms what he observed prior to the election that the LGBT community was split on the issue and that it would be a fairly close vote within the community. He noted that the Vote No! campaign included images of gay couples on its Web site.
“They had the money to spend so they were able to reach out to a lot of people,” Garcia said. “I think people were concerned about higher taxes if the toll road was eliminated. I think they had the same concerns in Oak Lawn that North Dallas did.”
Garcia said that even though the LGBT community appears to have sided with opponents to the amendment, it was attracted to the issue because of the popularity of Hunt, who represents parts of Oak Lawn.
“On the turnout, I think people were more engaged because this involved a very likeable person in our community Angela Hunt,” Garcia said.
“People were drawn to this race.”
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 9, 2007