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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.”