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There was an election today for the next mayor of the 8th largest city in the US, but there is only one story about it on the front page of DailyKos. And it's a diary under the "recent" list (not even the "recommended" list). It has only 4 recommendations (one of them mine).

There are still a number of outstanding precincts, but from the early results, it looks like San Diego's office of the mayor is going to flip back to the Republicans shortly.

We talk about the Dem voter turnout issue here, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone talk about how to solve it.

The Democratic candidate here (Alvarez) was working a strong base strategy, and that's the only reason this one will end up being a close loss.

My small talk today was asking people if they had voted yet, and later, whether they had voted.

The responses were: one picture of their "I voted" sticker, one person unsure of whether they had mailed in their absentee ballot, one person who had noticed the voting poll signs and didn't know what was up for vote, and about 30 people that had no idea at all that there was an election today.

Of those people, if they had voted, roughly 99% would be Democratic votes.

The reason they did not vote (or simply did not know there was a vote), unanimously, was that they think their vote has no effect: politics is too far gone and corrupt to ever be influenced by their vote. Even if "their" candidate won, they don't believe any meaningful good will come of it.

I don't disagree, but what matters to the rest of the potential voting public is simply jobs and income. For example, no one else cares about the NSA. It has no traction outside of the web, and it was a wasted day. Figuring out how to increase turnout is vastly more important than any protest or petition.

I don't know how to fix this, but real change comes at the voting booth, and we need to set the details aside and figure out how to get more people there, for every election.


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  •  I offer a suggestion of how to solve this (1+ / 0-)
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    Throw young voters a frickin' bone. And they will turn out for the Dems.

    Why Won't Nastyass Millennial Honey Badgers Vote in the 2014 Midterms?

    There is time to fix this before the 2014 Miscarriage.

    See my latest Nastyass Diary

    by Pluto on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:45:38 PM PST

  •  One big reason for lack of interest in politics (1+ / 0-)
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    And the news in General is that we have gone from 'opt-out' to 'opt-in'.  When I was young the radio had 5 minutes of news every hour on all stations, you automatically knew a little about what was going on unless you turned it off during the news. Now, in order to know something about current events you have to choose to listen or watch a news show, or read the newspaper or internet sites that cover it--and a lot of those are behind paywalls.  Yeah,it's easy, but it's easier not to bother.  The whole opt-in or opt-out thing is a huge fight between unions and bosses because bosses know most people will not bother. It's the same with news, and Reagan took away the requirement for a reason.

    Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

    by Leftleaner on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 01:58:27 AM PST

  •  In red states, like Florida, they don't (0+ / 0-)

    even allow you to vote a strait ticket.  They don't even identify what party the candidates belong to.

    We are not powerless!! "Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet."– Alice Walker

    by nocynicism on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 03:17:29 AM PST

    •  No straight ticket option in California (0+ / 0-)

      (that I've ever seen in SF or SD, at least), but we manage to vote Democratic super majorities here in crunch time.

      I think Florida's bigger problem is that you have 8 hour long lines to vote in some heavily Democratic precincts. The longest I've ever waited to vote was in Kansas, before I moved to California. The longest I've ever waited to vote in California was  about 5 minutes.

      And that's just when I go vote in person. Most of my votes are cast by mail a week or two before the election.

      Thinking about it now, probably one of the most significant and lasting effects Obama could make happen is to improve the voting conditions nationally. Write an executive order issuing minimum quality standards for federal elections. It's plausibly Constitutional, and even if not, it'll be major news for a year or two: Democrats want to make it easier for you to vote, but Republicans are fighting it tooth and nail...

  •  I don't know if more good would result from their (0+ / 0-)

    voting, but there is little question that more bad will result from their not voting.  Treading water beats sinking any day.

    Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

    by ZedMont on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 05:26:06 AM PST

  •  seriously.... (1+ / 0-)
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    one person who had noticed the voting poll signs and didn't know what was up for vote, and about 30 people that had no idea at all that there was an election today.
    I live in San Diego and you would have to be an utter shut-in, with no mail delivery, no radio ,no television, or be deaf, dumb and blind to be able to claim either of those things.

    I've probably thrown away 40 lbs of cardstock mailers from both candidates in recent months, there is a candidate sign on just about every corner in town.

    I suggest that they didn't vote because they just don't care, they don't care if our mayor is republican or democrat, they don't care, they cant be bothered. They wont say that so they lay out some lame excuse that no reasonable person could possibly believe.

    I think this kind of voter is the worst kind of voter, they are beyond uninformed and are likely the reason we see so many people voting against their self-interest.

    They are far more likely to just read the ballot synopsis of candidates and proposed laws/ordinances or simply remember the most recallable 5-second soundbite they've heard which we all know will likely be a republican soundbite.

    Religion is like a blind man, in a pitch black room, searching for a black cat that isn't there.....and finding it.

    by fauxrs on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 08:13:31 AM PST

    •  That is an excellent point (0+ / 0-)

      For the last month, every time I checked my mailbox, there were several fliers for Faulconer. And when I tossed them in the trash/recycle bin next to my mailbox, I saw a huge stack of the same mailers.

      But Faulconer's campaign pumped those out. There was one or two a day hitting my mailbox.

      It had no effect on me, and I doubt it had any significant impact on anyone.

      Roughly 250k voters showed up again (similar to the special election), and no one is surprised by a heavy conservative lean.

      The ad spends did nothing, in my opinion. There was a set of voters that would vote for a runoff election for a special election, and then there is the rest of the world, that had no idea.

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