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Interested Parties Mark Littlefield Prop 2 Election Result Analysis November 6, 2008

Who Voted?  198 precincts cast ballots in the City of Austin (COA) Prop 2 election – including the 17 precincts inside the COA that are in Williamson County.  81 precincts voted yes on Prop 2 by 50.1% or greater  114 precincts voted no on Prop 2 by 50.1% or greater  3 precincts were tied at 50% - 50% Where Did Vote No (Keep Austin’s Word) Win?  17 precincts voted no by a margin of 60% or greater. o 13 of the 17 precincts were west of MOPAC between Enfield and Loop 360. Basically, Old West Austin and NW Hills.  31 additional precincts voted no by a margin of 55% to 60% o Most of these precincts were west of MOPAC stretching from Circle C to Canyon Creek o 8 of these precincts were in Central Austin, including all of the UT student precincts Where Did Vote Yes (Stop Domain Subsidies) Win?  7 precincts voted yes voted by a margin of 60% or greater, but they were all incredibly small. The largest precinct in this group cast 38 total votes.  19 total precincts voted yes by a margin of 55% or greater o Most of these precincts were in South Central Austin – south of Lady Bird Lake and east of Lamar Blvd. What Happened With The Rest Of The City?  74 precincts fell right in the middle. They voted between 53% to 47% in favor or 47% to 53% opposed to Prop 2. How Did Vote No (Keep Austin’s Word) Win?  Vote yes (Stop Domain Subsidies) came out of their best 19 precincts with a 2,102 raw vote lead  Vote no (Keep Austin’s Word) came out of their best 19 precincts with a 5,739 vote lead  Vote no also had more “good precincts” than vote yes Other Observations  We will not know until the final canvas report is released and we can see who actually voted, but the Early Vote electorate and EDAY electorate where completely different animals.

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Democrats did much worse on EDAY, but Prop 2 did not change. There is a theory to explain why the Prop 2 results did not change, but I don’t what it is yet. 75% of all ballots cast in this election were cast during Early Vote and 25% were cast on Election Day. Democrats represented an overwhelming majority of Early Vote, and even though we don’t have data on Election Day voters – it is evident by the Election Day results in the partisan races that Republicans did much better on Election Day. The difficult concept to grasp is that these two different electorates – Early Vote and Election Day - voted almost exactly the same on Prop 2 – 52% to 48% during Early Vote and 53% to 47% on Election Day. The last fascinating fact to be revealed after the canvass report is released is the number of under votes – an under vote is a ballot that was cast, but the voter skipped Prop 2. I believe that will see a higher percentage of under votes in vote yes’s best boxes and a lower percentage in vote no’s best boxes, but that is just a theory.

3115 S. 1 St. * Suite 104 * Austin, TX 78704 * (512) 633-0791 * mark@marklittlefield.com

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