Only one in three eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2014 general election to elect all the statewide offices, congressional representatives and approve initiatives, a record low. But, for two of California’s fastest growing groups, the numbers are even more troubling.
These numbers are a problem because it shows just 17 percent of eligible Latinos and 18 percent of eligible Asian-Americans cast their ballots — less than one in five people eligible to vote did so.
Phi Beta Iota: Fully half of the eligible voters — 100 million — did not vote in 2012, a presidential election year. That is the democracy deficit that is growing. It is also the opportunity for any candidate able to lead a demand for electoral reform and a return to the process of all eligible voters.