Judicial Signatures…Behind the Numbers
With official filing starting next week, I thought I would take a moment and blog about judicial signatures.
Since March, I have been collecting signatures to get access to the ballot next year. The Election Code requires that judicial candidates have to collect signatures just to be on the ballot. As a Harris County candidate, I have to collect signatures of 250 registered voters to be on the ballot and if I collect 750, then I don’t have to pay the $2,500 filing fee. It’s particularly tough for criminal judges to raise money, so this $2,500 savings is worth the effort.
Well, all of the work has paid off. Thanks to the help of many volunteers, I have in my hands 878 verified signatures! I actually collected more than that, but there are a few duplicates and a couple from people who weren’t registered to vote. (They will be getting an application to register in the mail shortly.)
Over the past few weeks, I have entered every signature in a spreadsheet for my own record keeping. I then decided to see what information I actually collected and decided that some of you may find it interesting:
The oldest to sign my petition…99 years old!
The youngest were two 19 year olds.
The average age of a signer is 53.4 years with the most common age being 61.
I want to thank all of the people who took a page and collected signatures from friends, co-workers and family.
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