May 8 Primary Turnout (It's Not What You Think)

I've seen online comments like this one on the CHALT blog:

"Only 20% of registered voters actually voted. There are nearly 106,000 registered voters in Orange County. For this primary, fewer than 20,000 voted. Less than 20%! Surely more than 20% care about our schools, law enforcement, and the county budget."

While it's surely true that 20% is a disappointing primary turnout, let's compare off-year (non-presidential) primary turnout, and remember that 2018 was the first primary since 1958 where there was NO state-wide race or state-wide referendum on the ballot to drive turnout -- and it turns out that 2018 had an unusually HIGH Democratic primary turnout.

OP Live Candidate Forum 2018: School Board

The 2018 OrangePolitics live online candidate forum for Orange County School Board took place on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The candidates are:

  • Hawkeye Aguilar
  • Jessica Aguilar
  • Will Atherton
  • Hillary MacKenzie
  • Sarah Smylie
  • Brenda Stephens

Forum Open Thread 2018: Orange County School Board

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County Board of Education candidate forum happening on April 15, 2018, at 7:00 pm. The candidates are:

  • Hawkeye Aguilar
  • Jessica Aguilar
  • Will Atherton
  • Hillary MacKenzie
  • Sarah Smylie
  • Brenda Stephens

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions or to propose additional discussion topics. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

OP Live Candidate Forum 2018: Board of Commisioners

The 2018 OrangePolitics live online candidate forum for Orange County Board of Commissioners took place on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The candidates are:

  • District 1: Jamezetta Bedford
  • District 2: Earl McKee, Tommy McNeill
  • At-Large: Brian Crawford, Sally Greene, Noah Oswald

Forum Open Thread 2018: Orange County Commissioners

Welcome to the open thread for the Orange County Board of Commissioners candidate forum happening on April 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Comments on this page are now open. The candidates are:

  • District 1: Jamezetta Bedford
  • District 2: Earl McKee, Tommy McNeill
  • At Large: Brian Crawford, Sally Greene, Noah Oswald

The forum itself is happening here:
https://orangepolitics.org/elections-2018/forums/bocc.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions, or to propose additional discussion topics. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

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