by Mary Larson
As of Sept. 1, nearly 4.7 million Californians have already voted in the special election; of this number, the votes cast by Democrats were more than two times the number of Republicans, with most of those votes coming from the San Francisco area.
In Orange County, 168,664 of the over 407,000 ballots cast by Sept. 1 had come from Democrats, and 136,151 were from Republicans. With the vote in Orange County this close, how the 76,776 persons with no preferred party registration had voted could very well swing the election in either direction.
No definitive information was available as to how many Leisure World residents had already voted by Sept. 1. However, the turnout by Democrats appears to be high.
After the Presidential election in 2016, many voters saw far too late the painful consequence of assuming that far-fetched election results couldn’t happen.
The recall election facing Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept.14 is bringing this lesson forward once again.
Just as in 2016, Californians are facing a tight election. And just as in 2016, should Democrats fail to stop the recall of Newsom, the result could permanently harm the state. Every vote in every election, especially in this one, is important.
Any Democrat or supporter still needing assistance in getting his or her ballot to the Leisure World official Ballot Drop Box, located on St. Andrews Drive by the Amphitheater, should call (562) 296-8521.
Those who want to vote in person are reminded that they can do so at the voting center beginning Saturday, Sept. 11, at the fire station located just outside the North Gate. Those who have not registered to vote can do so “conditionally” at the same center.
••• The speaker at the next LW Democratic Club membership meeting will be Marlys Davidson, president of the Los Alamitos USD School Board. A teacher in the district for 25 years, Davidson was elected to the board in 2018 and will be running for re-election in 2022.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at noon via Zoom. Login information will be sent to subscribers of the club’s newsletter. Other LW Democrats who want to join the meeting should call (562) 412-0898 well in advance.
••• LW Democrats and supporters who are interested in more indepth and up-to-date reporting on the issues can subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. There is no charge, although readers are encouraged to join the club if they are not already members. People can email [email protected] gmail. com or call the editor, Mary Larson, at (562) 296-8521 to subscribe.