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As you can probably already tell, I’ve been on an infographics kick lately. Contrary to what some bloggers and newspaper reporters think, I have to create to pay my bills. That is what I do for a living, I create content in its many forms. My blogging generates enough through advertising to let me enjoy some rewards like my Starbucks addiction but it does not generate enough to pay the bills. For that, I rely on what I create for my clients.

Recently I have been working on infographics for a client. As such, my creative juices are flowing from the left side of my brain. Besides, many of you complain that I am too wordy with my articles. Therefore I have decided that what I have to say about yesterday’s county judge election I would present it to you in an infographic.

There is however, one very important number that explains exactly why El Paso is in the state it finds itself in. When 93% of the electorate does not cast a vote, it does not matter who the politicians are. I have heard the various arguments of electorate disfranchisement however, the fact is that it doesn’t matter what information the news media puts out, or neglects to put out, or what the bloggers have to say the fact remains that without voter participation it really doesn’t matter.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be working on compiling more data and posting more election numbers for you to review. Tomorrow, I’m going to take the day off and return on Monday with a follow up on the never-ending saga of the city’s refusal to stop spending money on Steve Ortega’s refusal to release his emails. I have also received some information about patients at the University Medical Center at El Paso that I’ll be writing about next week.

My blog posts on the public corruption sealed court records prompted some of you to comment privately and ask me to follow up on issues you brought to my attention. I’ll be writing about that as well next week.

As you review today’s infographic please take a moment to vote on whether you want me to create more infographics in the future. You can vote by clicking the polls button on the top. Your comments in the infographics are very welcomed by me.

Martin Paredes

Reporting on public corruption, border politics, immigration and public policy in El Paso since 2000.

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