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Straight-ticket voters who bypass the referendums at the bottom of the ballot may be interested in a recent Baker Institute Blog post by Robert Stein, fellow in urban politics. Stein analyzed the narrow victory of Houston's 2010 drainage fee referendum and concluded the proposal would have lost, had straight-ticket voters in precincts that defeated the referendum weighed in.

Read "Voting is more than just showing up at the polls" in the Oct. 26, 2012, Baker Institute Blog.