Dismal election turnout

Dismal election turnout

sleeping cat, wikimediaThe California Secretary of State’s office just released figures showing the Nov. 4 election suffered the worst turnout rate ever. According to the Capitol Weekly summary:

Less than a third of California’s eligible voters cast ballots on Nov. 4….

Of those who registered to vote, little better than four in every 10 – about 42 percent – actually voted, either in person or by mail, the secretary of state reported in its Statement of the Vote….

In Los Angeles County, the most populace county with more than 5,000 voting precincts and eight million eligible voters, about 31 percent of registered voters cast ballots, the lowest participation level of any of the 58 counties. Of the L.A. voters who were eligible to cast ballots, less than a fourth went to the polls.

Part of this, I think, was due to California now being a one-party state dominated by Democrats. Gov. Jerry Brown hardly even campaigned for re-election; and even for that, he mainly talked about passing his initiatives, Proposition 1, the water bonds, and Proposition 2, the rainy-day fund. If he didn’t care about his own re-election, why should anybody else?

Democrats easily swept all statewide elections for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, etc. The six ballot measures generated little controversy. Three won easily and three lost easily.

Turnout certainly will be higher in Nov. 2016, for the presidential election. But even there, nowadays the Democratic nominee easily wins with a 3 million-plus vote margin. The presidential candidates from both parties campaign here only troll for campaign cash.

However, numerous ballot measures are expected to be put before voters. The government-employee unions will be rallying their membership to pass several measures to gouge taxpayers even more. Taxpayers’ rights groups will be campaigning to keep taxes here slightly less preposterously unreasonable.

Otherwise, for most voters democracy in the Golden State seems about as appealing as one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunches.

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  1. NorCalLibertarian
    NorCalLibertarian 15 December, 2014, 12:46

    For all of you who are tired and becoming broke because of misuse of our overtaxing funds, move north and join the State of Jefferson movement. It matters not if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent or Libertarian; as long as you are an American citizen who wants to live in a state where individual rights and the law are respected, you will be most welcome. If you have something to offer to better what will be our living and working conditions, all the better!
    On the other hand, if you LIKE your current California style of governance, you can KEEP YOUR socialist government and as long as you keep re-electing those socialist, you will guarantee what YOU want.
    It’s time for 51…the State of Jefferson!

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    • DG
      DG 15 December, 2014, 14:30

      The State of Jefferson sounds awesome!

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    • Marino Aquisap
      Marino Aquisap 15 December, 2014, 15:17

      As a former conservative voting Californian now residing in the pro-constitution, pro-2nd amendment state of Nebraska, he’ll yeah, I would highly reconsider moving to the state of Jefferson.

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 15 December, 2014, 21:35

    Go away! You are not going to cut a finger off of my state!

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  3. Ted
    Ted "Eddy Baby" Steele, Associate Prof. 16 December, 2014, 09:44

    I agree about Jefferson– although it should probably be called Arnold in memoriam of the real hero of the Doomera, Benedict Arnold.

    But Jefferson is a good idea– we could isolate all the people who think the WTC was an inside job, the birthers, the folks who are pretty sure that the gov still has the Roswell aliens and so forth.

    Of course before we let the Doomera migrate to Jefferson we would have the Obama Death Panel ™ evaluate them each for general health, implant each with a tri lateral commission UN implant and confiscate any firearms—-

    This would solve a ton of problems.

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  4. desmond
    desmond 16 December, 2014, 18:49

    Jefferson is a done deal. It is a just a matter of time, something I have a lot of. Most of the contributors here have one foot in the grave, 70 somethings who will soon have a non-resident status. Joy to the world, these old coots are almost done.

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    • T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
      T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 17 December, 2014, 19:51

      LOL

      God Bless ya Desi— I collect goofy CWD quotes and yours goes near the top of the pile!

      LMAO

      “6 Californias is a done deal”
      Desmond P Poster CWD 2014

      I will be feeding you back this quote for every year for the rest of my life! I am old though– you have a chance of limiting at least some future crow eating, but I am very fit…..so…….

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