There are four major electoral changes that Orange County voters should consider. Take note everyone, I said Ã¢â‚¬Ëœconsider.' I am not entirely sure what the best approach would be, but I do think the current system doesn't adequately reflect the diversity of viewpoints in Orange County.
For what they are worth, here are four ideas for County electoral reform that have been bandied about:
We know that both Moses Carey and Valerie Foushee won the Commissioners race, but how did Valerie come out on top? Let's take a look at what really went down in the Orange County Commissioners race.
To draw out some conclusions about the County Commissioners race, I split up the precincts into five (value neutral) groups based on the results in this race. At the bottom of this post you will find those groupings (inadequately) defined.
Although I don't consider it over, I do consider the 2004 Presidential race quite demoralizing. For so many people to have worked so hard to have it be this close really makes you want to give up on national politics.
But the great thing is that we can look at the good outcome of our local races and many of our state races and be reminded of how much more impact we can make at the local level. This is what this website is all about.
I've been grabbing the raw Absentee and One Stop voting data every
day for the last week or so (I am doing it for the Orange County
Democratic Party). Here are my final counts from the raw data
downloaded from the SBOE site this morning at 6:09 am Sunday.
Here's the Orange County early voting data through Saturday, the
last day of early voting (there may be more absentee ballots received):
Have you noticed how many more slick campaign mailers you have been getting? There's a noticeable change in the last few election cycles. I know that elections generally get more expensive over time, but I'm concerned that the increased use of conventional political consultants is making our local campaigns more expensive and less grassroots. This can't be good for promoting civic engagement, and might even lead to less honesty in campaigns. I could go on, but I'll just say that I'm not happy about the impact of some of these paid consultants on our local races.