Something struck me as just not quite right about a celebratory email I saw that Board of Equalization candidate Diane Harkey sent out to supporters on Wednesday morning. The header proclaimed “We Won…Big!”.
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The current unofficial turnout numbers for the 2014 Primary Election in Orange County sit at 16.9 percent. In comparison turnout in 2012 was 26.5 percent, and the worst ever in Orange County was in 2006 with 21.5 percent voting. Low turnout drives the results in a primary election tilting in favor of whichever party holds a better registration lead, and turnout average. In Orange County the numbers tilt strongly in favor of Republicans.
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.
Primary election Day is this Tuesday, June 3rd. If you requested and received a “Vote by Mail” ballot, it is probably best that you not mail it at this point. But if you are going to, today would be the last day to make that attempt. To be on the safe side however, you should plan on dropping off your completed ballot at your nearest polling place on election day.
Tim Carpenter, a progressive political and social activist, and founder of Progressive Democrats of America passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 55-years-old. For more than three decades Carpenter fought for progressive causes such as single payer health care, nuclear disarmament, campaign finance reform, peace, and economic and social justice.