Today is primary election day in California. There are many important contests on the ballot today. Whether it is a statewide contest for Controller, Superintendent of Public Instruction, County School Board, congress, State Assembly or State Senate, who is on your ballot in November will be determined by a few thousand voters.
The last statewide California Primary in 2010 had a voter turnout of 30.1%. In 2012, the first of the top-two primary process, only 26.5 percent of eligible voters turned out to vote. In these primary contests, it is more likely that registered Republican voters will vote than registered Democrat or No Party Preference voters.
If you do not vote, you are allowing a small fringe element in the Republican party decide who you will get to vote for in November. When it comes to the elections for County Supervisor, not voting likely means that there will be no choice because a majority of a handful of voters will get to decide who represents you on the Board of Supervisors for the next four years.
In Anaheim, that same handful of voters will determine the length of term for Mayor, and in Irvine will establish shortened terms for mayor and lifetime term-limits for city council and mayor.
In some contests for State Assembly, democrats not voting could mean that Democrats will have to choose between two Republicans in November (as if choosing between two Republicans is really a choice).
The bottom line here is; you need to get your butt to the polls today. The polls close at 8 pm tonight. To find your polling place if you do not know where it is, visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters here. To find out who has been endorsed by the Democratic Party of Orange County click here.