California election: Voter malaise might bring record-low primary turnout

Why vote on June 3? The Democrats stopped meaningful ballot measures on a June primary. In 2012 28 races for November had candidates of the same Party. This year the unions and Munger are buying candidates like a sale at the local farmers market. Business interests are trying to buy Democrat candidates. The Chamber theory is this, “an appeaser feeds his friends to the alligators, hoping they eat him last.”

In San Diego the system is so stacked that only a couple races even have competition. No need to vote on June 3 in San Diego? Oh, third parties have been stopped from having candidates on the November election, so very few third party folks are running this year. Why vote, the fix is in.

“Meanwhile, the top-two primary system and online voter registration haven’t created the bumper crop of new voters their supporters had hoped for, said Eric McGhee, a Public Policy Institute of California research fellow and an expert in voting behavior and political participation.

“I wouldn’t be optimistic,” he said. “People seem to be really jazzed by the competitive contest between the parties, and primary elections don’t really offer that.”

Photo courtesy of secretlondon123, flickr

Photo courtesy of secretlondon123, flickr

California election: Voter malaise might bring record-low primary turnout

By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News, 5/26/14


It was a whole different ballgame half a century ago, when an average of 63 percent of California’s registered voters came out to nominate candidates for governor from 1950 to 1966. But a long slow decline that began around 1980 eventually brought the state to an all-time low in 2010’s primary, when only a third of registered voters cast ballots.

Four years later, more and more voters may be sitting out the primary.

“I think this might be an important election but I’m not sure,” said Enrico Howard Sr., 49, of Hayward, noting he usually votes only in presidential elections and hasn’t paid this primary much mind yet. “My ballot is still sitting on my dining room table.”In the Bay Area this year, the race for San Jose mayor and Rep. Mike Honda’s fight to keep his seat are relatively hot contests, but those are just isolated pockets of voter interest. Down-ticket statewide races rarely generate much heat, and this year is no exception; the races for state

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