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Luis A. Alejo

Measure to boost voter turnout among bills advanced in state Legislature

Measure to boost voter turnout among bills advanced in state Legislature

Lawmakers on Thursday advanced a proposal to require cities with low voter participation to consolidate their elections with the state elections, an effort to bolster civic engagement in some local contests. The measure is a response to single-digit voter turnout in some city elections. It would require consolidation starting Jan. 1, 2018, in any city with participation of at least 25% below its own average during the last four statewide general elections. "This is about voters, your constituents, coming out and participating by a greater percentage," Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), said during a debate in the lower house. "At the same time, consolidating will...

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