In its last round of local elections, Los Angeles had one of the worst participation in voting in the last century. Some Los Angeles lawmakers see an opportunity to help address this problem by asking citizens to move elections to even numbered years. That means city elections would be held during presidential or governor races. Therefore increased attention would be giving to voting for more high profile elections and it would help boost voter participation for local elections. The proposed bill will go to the entire city council next before it is proposed to the city for a vote:
Proponents say the change will bring more Angelenos to the polls, especially black and Latino voters. Less than a quarter of L.A.’s registered voters cast ballots in the mayoral race between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel last year — the lowest in any two-candidate runoff in a century.
“Our turnout is embarrassing. It is dismal. We are in crisis. And something actually needs to be done,” City Council President Herb Wesson said Friday.
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Contributor: Elliott Parisi, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’15.