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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:54 PM

Election disaster

We in the newly redistricted California 31st congressional district are NOT going to be allowed to vote for a Democrat in November's election. We will only be allowed to vote for one of two radical, right wing Republicans, one of whom is a member of the Christian Coalition and endorsed by Grover Norquist. The new 31st district has more registered Democrats than registered Republicans, yet we will not be allowed to vote for a Democrat to be our representative in Congress. This is wrong, and it appears that nothing is being done about it.

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Reply Election disaster (Original post)
yumalaton Jun 2012 OP
Gothmog Jun 2012 #1
yumalaton Jun 2012 #3
Gothmog Jun 2012 #5
libinnyandia Jun 2012 #2
yumalaton Jun 2012 #4
libinnyandia Jun 2012 #6
yumalaton Jun 2012 #8
Generic Brad Jun 2012 #7

Response to yumalaton (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:58 PM

1. I do not like the top two primary rules

The top two primary rules in California has problems and this is a good example.

Can you write in a real democrat and maybe force a run off?

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:19 PM

3. Too many Democrats

The main reason for this situation is that there was too much participation by the Democrats. The vote went mainly to 4 Democrats and the 2 Republicans who spent the most money. With the Democrats dividing their votes between 4 main candidates,the 2 Republicans totaled more votes than any of the Democrats. There could be a write in effort, but which of the several Democrats would the Democrats write in to surpass the Republican vote?

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Response to yumalaton (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:28 PM

5. I am not a member of an organized political party, I am a democrat

Someone in the party needs to step in and settle on one candidate to write in and then try to stick with this. Otherwise, the GOP will pick up this seat.

BTW, this is a classic example as to why the top two primary rules being used by California is a bad idea

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Response to yumalaton (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:10 PM

2. Was there low voter turnout or were the Democrats divided among too many candidates?

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Response to libinnyandia (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:27 PM

4. Low turn out

There was a low voter turn out for a couple reasons. First there was no competition for Obama in the presidential race, so the result there was a foregone conclusion. Second, the district was new and completely different from the old district, so many of the names on the ballot were unfamiliar to many of the residents in the new district, consequently many of the voters just didn't know enough about the candidates to decide which one to vote for.

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Response to yumalaton (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:02 PM

6. That is so sad. Low turnout is at least in part responsible for the GOP victories in 2010. Hopefully

in 2014 the voters will realize what happened and get the person out.

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Response to libinnyandia (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:51 PM

8. Perhaps

If the law has not been changed by 2014, and there are not too many Democrat candidates, but there is the possibility that the Republicans will run several fake Democrats in order to divide the vote again.

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Response to yumalaton (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:05 PM

7. The GOP Divide and Conquer Strategy Works Again

Sorry to hear you have the greater of two evils to choose from.

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