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Tuesday’s CA Primary: Turnout or Burnout?

June 2, 2008

The number or registered California voters now exceeds 16 million, but only a fraction are expected to vote in Tuesday's primary because it's the first California primary since World War II without a gubernatorial or presidential race, and most media and other attention has been focused on November's presidential show-down.

That's unfortunate, says David Allgood with the California League of Conservation Voters, because Tuesday's election will determine party candidates for dozens of U.S. House and State Legislative seats. But it's not too late for voters experiencing "election fatigue" to bone up on the candidates and vote, Allgood says.

"People have time to contact groups working on issues they care about. If they care about the environment, they can take a look at our Web site. Citizens also should check their local paper, look at the endorsements and, of course, weigh them. It's so important to inform yourself, arm yourself with the facts and then go to the polls."

Allgood would like to see voters prove the predictions for low voter turnout wrong, especially among younger voters.

"Not everything can be decided by the president of the United States. The California Legislature is one of the strongest places for issues young people seem to care about, and moving that agenda forward, they really need to pay attention and get involved."

Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Legislature moved the state's presidential primary to February of this year to give California a greater voice in the presidential race.

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Lori Abbott/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CA