Gary O’Connor and I tend to be on opposing sides of almost every political issue. However, I’m predicting our perspectives on precinct consolidation will be more in agreement than opposition.

The 2010 Census reported the population of Lamar County at 49,523 with a land area of 917 square miles. Lamar County currently has 32 voting precincts. If you look at the same information for the 16 Texas counties closest to Lamar in population and geographic size, you find they average a population of 50,598 and 1,111 square miles, but only average 19.4 voting precincts. Of those 16 counties, the highest number of precincts is 24.

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