WHY AREN’T YOUNG VOTERS VOTING?
After I sent last week’s email, my friend Matt Lindholm-Guenther sent me a reply:
Looking at those stats on ballots mailed vs. ballots returned, I started daydreaming, imagining myself stirring up young voters as I went door to door. I’ve heard the same old lament for years: young people don’t vote. That was true 20 years ago. But those kids (me!) are 20 years older now and in the next age bracket. And the youngsters behind us are voting less than we do. Makes me wonder: has anyone ever gotten to the root of WHY our youth don’t vote? Eleven freaking percent! We sure love to complain and not DO anything about it! Maybe it’s a consequence of being so recently cared for & dependent on our parents to make the decisions, maybe it’s a failure of our educational system, or a consequence of being so busy with school, new careers, and raising kids. Makes me wonder. If only we could change that, we could do so much.…
REDISTRICTING – HOW IT’S SHAKING OUT
Whoo-ie is it getting crazy here in California after the “final” (pending official approval) 2021 redistricting maps were released in December. First, it is not easy trying to figure out where we fall in all of this. When Googling “district maps for California…” there are multiple articles about it, maps readily available from 2011 and even 2001 lines, but it’s like looking through a needle in a haystack to narrow things down and try to find out (a) where WE here in the KRV fall, and (b) who is running to represent us in the 2022 election cycle….