DR. MINDY ROMERO, FOUNDER OF THE CALIFORNIA CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECT RECENTLY REPORTED ON THE FALL 2016 ELECTION, WHO VOTED, WHO STAYED HOME AND WHAT THE DATA MEANS TO MARIN COUNTY.
Dr. Mindy Romero, founder of the Center for Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) presented slides on election results in the 2016 fall election. Dr. Romero's slides can be found below. You can also find more information on our speaker at CCEP.
The League of Women Voters asks all citizens to do the most important thing they can do to maintain our democracy: oppose the growing influence of special interests and the big money they spend on candidates and issues by voting!
Those who claim they don't need to vote because they already enjoy their comfortable lifestyles need to realize that all of us are affected, sooner or later, when governments and elected officials aren't held accountable.
Those who throw up their hands and don't vote because "everyone is corrupt anyway" need to realize that corruption happens when citizens aren't paying attention or doing nothing to stop it.
Americans need to remember that it is their duty to vote as citizens of a democracy and that we should be grateful that we have the opportunity to do that.
People need to get involved in their communities and keep informed via responsible media sources, recognizing those with well-known biases.
Children and young adults need to understand the importance of living in a democracy, and parents can set the example by making voting a regular practice.
The vote-by-mail process has become so widespread that it gives people no excuse not to vote when they can do so at their leisure.
It's not just elections in years when the presidency is at stake that are important. Off-year elections are equally important. They include races for the U.S. Senate and House, statewide races for governors and legislatures, and local city and county races as well as state and local measures that affect us all.
Yes, it involves time and effort to keep abreast of what's on the ballot, but it is a small price to pay to protect our democracy from the forces that are undermining it.