What might have been an election pitting the dry areas of Texas against the wet areas — the areas without enough water for lawns versus the areas they might raid for water — instead turned into an easy win for a proposal to pump $2 billion into the state’s water planning fund.
Proposition 6, which takes $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund for use in financing water projects around the state, passed with no problem, even in areas mostly untouched by the historic drought plaguing the state.
Less than 10 percent of the state’s 254 counties voted against the proposal, and those counties were sprinkled throughout Texas. In the 20 counties with the most voters, the proposition passed easily enough to swamp “No” votes elsewhere, making passage certain just minutes after the first tallies came in on Election Night.
This is a map of the Texas drought with the vote totals on the water amendment. The idea was to show the correlation, if any, between the success of the water measure and the severity of the water shortages around the state. Use the sliders below to adjust the transparency of each layer. Click on a county to view its vote totals.