Harris County Texas is huge. If it were a state it would rank 25th in population, just behind Alabama. Almost 5 million people live there.
Nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives hail from or represent the county, as well as 24 state representatives.
At its center is Houston, which is reliably Democrat, but the county as a whole is a swing district these days with both Democrats and Republicans winning elections.
In other words, how well the elections are run matters a lot, not just to the citizens of the county itself, but to the overall balance of power in the state and country. Read more…