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So, what exactly is redistricting and why is it important? Redistricting is the process in which new boundaries for representational districts are drawn. These districts are redrawn every 10 years based on census data. Districts determine individual and community representation at the local, state, and federal levels. The process varies from state to state, and county to county. Some areas have independent commissions that draw maps, while others have their maps drawn by elected officials. When the latter occurs, the process is politicized, resulting in a risk of partisan or racial gerrymandering. This can drastically distort representation.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with experts in redistricting and gerrymandering Alex Keena, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, Michael Latner, Professor in Political Science at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and, Senior Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy and Charles Anthony Smith, Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of California, Irvine, and three of the four co-authors of the new book Gerrymandering in the States: Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of America Federalism. They will discuss the causes and consequences of redistricting and effective tools to ensure fair representation.

Is our democracy failing? Just months ago, extremists attempted to overthrow the U.S. government in an insurrection. State legislatures across the country are passing voting rights restrictions, and the current Congress is too dysfunctional to agree on legislation that would protect the integrity of our elections. What can we do?

Join host Fred Munroe in a celebration of Independence Day. He will speak with guests from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) Political Science Department, Nancy Arrington, Assistant Professor and Michael Latner, Professor and Kendall Voting Rights Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists as they discuss the American experiment in democracy, the challenges we face in the near future, and the promise and peril of reform movements aimed at improving the way we govern.

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In a 3-2 vote, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors decided May 4 to move forward with using polling places instead of voter service centers for future elections in the county. That vote goes against the preferences expressed by respondents in a recent countywide voter survey.

On Issues & Ideas, we'll hear from retired SLO County Clerk Recorder Julie Rodewald, about how we can take part in choosing the way we vote in the future. You'll also learn about an group that supports downtowns across the nation: the National Main Street Organization. Finally, you'll learn about making ham and bacon at one of California's oldest butcher shops, in Arroyo Grande.

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In a meeting April 20, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved more than $150,000 for the County Administrative Office to use in redistricting efforts.

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County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong is asking voters to participate in his San Luis Obispo County 2021 Voter Survey so he can make recommendations, informed by voter input, to the County Board of Supervisors about future county election processes.

In November, Americans overwhelmingly elected Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. The new administration inherits multiple crisis. A crumbling democracy, a devastating health crises, which has fueled an economic crisis, and a country with deep cultural and bipartisan divides.

The 2017 Women’s March prompted 5-million-plus people around the world to hit the streets, in response to the then newly-elected President Trump and his administration. The moment quickly turned into an important worldwide effort, focusing on human rights and social and environmental justice issues. Four years later, what has this movement accomplished? And what more does it have planned? Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with Dawn Addis, Rita Casaverde and Andrea Chmelik, organizers of Women’s March San Luis Obispo (SLO), as they talk about their work over the past four years, their future objectives and their upcoming annual (virtual) rally—Power Up Democracy.

In this episode of Issues & Ideas, we learn about a year-long San Luis Obispo Tribune investigation into substandard housing in San Luis Obispo County. We also hear from Dawn Ortiz-Legg, chosen by California's governor to represent SLO County District 3 after the death of Adam Hill. Julie Rodewald talks about the local chapter of the League of Women Voters and how the recent national election broke all records in SLO County. Finally, we meet the newest lion at the Santa Barbara Zoo—a cub named Pauline—and hear how the zoo is dealing with all the operational changes of 2020. 

Continuing KCBX's election coverage, we hear from challenger Dawn Addis and incumbent Jordan Cunningham, the two candidates vying to represent the Central Coast in the California state Assembly. 

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With less than a week left until Election Day, an unprecedented number of ballots have already been cast in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, and all polling centers are set to open on Halloween.

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With four weeks left until election day, over five million voters across the country have already cast their ballots. Some are voting by mail, while others are doing so in-person at early voting centers.

Voting is now underway for the 2020 General Election. This election will be like no other in U.S. history. So far, more than 5 million people across the U.S have already voted early in the presidential election. What do you need to know to vote safely and be sure your vote is counted? What options are there available for voting locally? How can you make sure that your absentee ballot is delivered and counted?

Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with guests about the 2020 election: in the first half hour with Tommy Gong, San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder, and in the second half hour with members of The League of Women Voters (LWV) of San Luis Obispo County— Julie Rodelwald  and Juliane McAdam. They will talk about the purpose of the LWV, commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment this year, and importance of LWV efforts to Get Out The Vote.

KCBX's Greta Mart speaks with San Luis Obispo County top election official Tommy Gong about what is different in this November 3, 2020 election: the pandemic, new machinery, operational changes and possible power shutoffs. Scott Yoo, music director of Festival Mozaic and host of the newest installment of the PBS series "Now Here This," talks about  filming an episode in San Luis Obispo during the pandemic. The San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation helps people on the Central Coast who cannot afford to pay for legal services, and you’ll hear from the organization's executive director. Finally, on this month's Playing With Food, Father Ian Delinger joins a quest through poison oak to collect local wild yeast for brewing beer.

Angel Russell

Over the past week, voters across the Central Coast started receiving vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots in their mailboxes, and with five weeks left before election day, some are already done voting and getting their ballots in to be counted.

Despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic, this is not just an election year, but also a very important year for everyone to participate and be counted as part of the 2020 U.S. Census. Due to the pandemic, both of these civic duties have become more complicated. Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks in the first half hour with Tommy Gong, San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder, and Michael Latner, Ph.D., Cal Poly political science professor and Kendall Voting Rights Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as they discuss the integrity of the 2020 election and plans to make voting safe and accessible to everyone. In the second half hour, Kris speaks with representatives from local organizations, who amid COVID-19, are working to prevent an undercount in the 2020 Census within 'hard-to-reach' communities. Guests include Devon McQuade, development and communications coordinator with the 5Cities Homeless Coalition; Brandy Graham, veteran support programs manager with CAPSLO; and Micki Wright, a senior volunteer services representative.

Local election offices fortify security for March primary

Feb 27, 2020
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With reports of possible Russian interference in this year’s vote, security is a major concern for election offices around the country. Here on the Central Coast, election officials have established new procedures for California’s March 3 Primary.

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Confusion and misinformation about California’s March 3 primary election abound on social media. Some on Twitter have falsely claimed that millions of voters won’t be able to choose their favorite presidential candidate because they’re registered as No Party Preference. Others have suggested that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ name was intentionally placed last among presidential candidates on the ballot, fueling mistrust over the election process.

The California Voting Rights Act has served as a crucial defense against voting rights violations but has recently been a source of increasing controversy. Hundreds of cities and school districts have been required to move from at-large to district elections, intent on improving racial representation. Some groups are now calling the entire Act into question, while others question whether Congressional-style district elections are up to the goal of achieving better representation for women, people of color and other under-represented groups.

What are you voting for? Is it for the betterment of yourself or the well-being of the greater good? If voting is a right of citizenship, what are our responsibilities as citizens? Listen in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about what brings us to the polls.

California Secretary of State aims to protect upcoming election from cyber attacks

Oct 9, 2018
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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said action is needed to protect the upcoming midterm elections from cybersecurity threats.

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New voter registration figures show the number of Californians identifying as “no party preference” has nearly caught up with registered Republicans. GOP registration as of last month stood at 25.4 percent – just four-tenths of a point higher than “no party preference.”

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Central Coast residents begin voting by mail this week for California’s primary election, under the relatively new top-two system. 

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Reporter Jordan Bell spoke with Marilee Hyman, President of the League of Women Voters in San Luis Obispo, about how to evaluate ballot propositions.

Hyman discusses buzz words, endorsements and more.

Election Day is November 4, 2014. The last day to register to vote in California is October 20, 2014.

More information from the San Luis Obispo League of Women Voters can be found on their website. Hyman also recommends the SmartVoter.org site.

Updated California June primary election returns

Jun 3, 2014
Jessica Paterson

Numbers will start updating after polls close at 8:00 p.m. on June 3, 2014.

The latest vote tallies can be found by following these links for the Central Coast counties listed:

Low Central Coast turnout expected for June Primary

Jun 2, 2014
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Santa Barbara County Clerk Joe Holland says he is expecting a low voter turnout on Tuesday, June 3 in comparison to November elections.

“When you have a June gubernatorial primary they tend to be on the low side in terms of turnout,” Holland said. “I’m hoping we can exceed 40 percent but it’s probably going to be between 35 and 40 percent turnout for Santa Barbara County.”