California is in the tank and it’s the voters fault – lack of voters?

Russ Steele

The Sac Bee has the story HERE :

California has the nation’s second-lowest rate of voter registration and one of its lowest voter turnout rates, according to a new Census Bureau report on the 2010 elections.

 Just 50.1 percent of California’s 27.4 million voting-age residents were registered to vote for last year’s election, higher only than Hawaii’s 48.3 percent, the state-by-state breakdown of political participation found. The national rate was 59.8 percent.

 The state’s voter turnout, 39.2 percent of voting-age residents, was one of the lower rates, but not the lowest. Ten other states had lower voting levels with Texas, at 31.4 percent, the lowest; the national rate was 45.5 percent.

 California’s low participation is explained, in part, by the fact that many of its residents (17 percent, twice the national percentage) are non-citizens — a factor that shows up in the racial and ethnic breakdown as well. Just 64.5 percent of voting-age Latinos are citizens, for example, which explains why just 33.6 percent of voting-age Latinos are registered to vote, while 52.9 percent of white voting-age Californians are registered.

The survey found that 38.1 percent of voting-age Asian Americans in California are registered to vote — another number depressed by relatively low levels of citizenship (76 percent) but that 54 percent of African Americans are registered, higher than the white registration level.

 If citizens do not register and vote they get the government they deserve.  That said, Nevada County has a better than averge registration rate which is 82.5%, but when is comes to voting only about 51.1% voted in the June 2010 Primary Election, the latest numbers on the CA Sec of State web site.

There may some clues in the above stats as to why we are in the economic tank as well. Do you see the problem?



About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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