The local get out the vote effort is working. I checked with the County Clerk-Recorder’s office this afternoon, and Assistant Clerk-Recorder Sandy Sjoberg told me the office has received 956 new voter registration cards in the past month.
This week the Clerk-Recorder’s office received more than 100 voter registration cards on some days. And the effort can continue until May 23, Sandy said.
This means the number of new registered voters could number in the thousands at this pace for the June election — and I expect that to happen.
In our County, the number of registered Republicans now stands at 21,885, compared with 20,948 for Democrats and 15,098 for “decline to state” voters, Sandy said.
For the record, I’ve been a lifelong “decline to state” voter, and I vote in all the elections. Over the years, I’ve voted for Republicans and Democrats.
Around here, I notice a real fixation — rather an obsession — with hardball partisan politics, with the nastiest and ugliest rhetoric (personal attacks too) from the hard right — often the old-timers and retirees. It’s a “sport” to them. But it’s counterproductive, given our towns’ political diversity, and has reached a boiling point.