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California Assembly OKs measure to boost voter turnout in city elections

California Assembly OKs measure to boost voter turnout in city elections

California cities with low voter turnouts would be required to consolidate their elections with the state elections, under legislation approved Thursday by the state Assembly. Alarmed by turnouts in the single-digits in some city elections, Sen. Ben Hueso (D-Logan Heights) introduced the bill requiring consolidation, starting Jan. 1, 2018, in cities where the turnout has been at least 25% below the average turnout in that city during the last four statewide general elections. "This is about voters, your constituents, coming out and participating by a greater percentage," said Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) during the Assembly debate. "At the same time,...

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