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The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and marijuana is legal.
On Wednesday, KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.
Voter turnout in San Diego County
Election officials anticipated that nearly three-quarters of the San Diego region's registered voters would cast votes. San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu predicted between 72 and 77 percent of eligible voters would cast ballots here.
Vu discusses turnout and when a final tally will be reached on close races.
By Todd Strain
Many experts are predicting a record number of voters for the November 8th Election. Where are all these voters coming from? A divisive Presidential Election and hot button local issues have led to an increase in new voter registration. There is also an increased effort to get low propensity voters to the polls. To see how that's being done in San Diego, NBC 7's Todd Strain tagged along with one voting rights association.
By Doug Porter
Measures K and L are changes to the City Charter submitted through the efforts of the Alliance San Diego Mobilization Fund and the Independent Voter Project. Both groups have local experience in encouraging voter turnout.
These measures were championed by City Council President Sherri Lightner and placed on the November 2016 ballot by a vote of the City Council.
What they do in a nutshell is to shift the final decision making in elections to November. Measure K says the top two candidates as determined by primary voters for Mayor, City Council seats, and City Attorney advance to the general election. Measure L says citizen-sponsored initiatives and referendums belong on the November ballot.
Having worked in voter turnout efforts, I can say from personal experience that persuading people who are not normally engaged in politics to vote in primaries is a daunting task.
By KPBS News
It’s been a long election. And for San Diegans, that’s matched by a long ballot.
This November, San Diego voters will fill out not one but two cards. Front and back.
Beyond the races from president to school board and California’s 17 propositions, the local ballot includes two countywide and 12 citywide ballot measures.
By Andrew Bowen
Measures K and L on the November ballot would represent the most fundamental change to San Diego election rules since the establishment of a ninth City Council district in 2010.
Both measures are an attempt to shift power from the low-turnout June elections, which coincide with the California primaries, to the November general elections. Measure K would require November runoffs between the top two candidates in races for City Council, city attorney and mayor. Currently those candidates can win outright in June if they get more than 50 percent of the vote.
Measure L would require all citizens' initiatives and referenda to be voted on in November, unless the City Council takes special action to vote on them earlier.
Most of the Measures on this year’s San Diego City ballot are non-controversial. Measures E through I and Measure M were all placed on the ballot by the City Council and involve everything from a Charter amendment to reforming the process for removal of public officials to an increase in capacity for subsidized affordable housing.
The five measures that have attracted attention in this “year of the lengthy ballot,” are the Chargers’ Initiative (Measure C), the Citizens’ Tourism Initiative (Measure D), two Election Reform proposals (Measures K & L), and a Marijuana tax and regulation plan (Measure N).
Measures K and L sparked controversy at the City Council when proposed by the Independent Voter Project a (co publishers of IVN.us), the labor community and Alliance San Diego. Councilman Chris Cate objected to what he viewed as a rush to the ballot and both measures were qualified on one-vote margins.
Join us and hundreds of people this Saturday, October 15th, as we walk the streets of San Diego. We will be talking to voters about Measures K&L in the city of San Diego! These measures ensure that big decisions are made when the most people vote, which is in November. Democracy works best when the most people participate and that is in November. We are looking for volunteers to help us create a more inclusive democracy in San Diego, so let’s go for a walk and talk to our friends and neighbors! If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Diamond Wallace at email@example.com or 619-269-1823.
San Diego, CALIF.- Three measures are going before the voters in the City of San Diego this November 8th that concern voters rights: they are D, K and L.
Measures D, K and L have been targeted by both political parties as being critical to the future of San Diego. And, each side has conveyed credible points for their arguments. Check out the critical component of each measure.