Resolution Requesting Changes To Promote Greater Voter Participation In California

RESOLUTION 15-08.36L

Resolution Requesting Changes To Promote Greater Voter Participation In California

WHEREAS, The democratic process is based on the need for greater voter participation in order to produce a more effective and responsive government;

Whereas, current participation rates have grown smaller over the years, particularly during mid-term elections;

Whereas, many jurisdictions throughout our nation have considered and/or implemented various methods of expanding voter participation (including those suggested below); Be it resolved, that the California Democratic Party and the California Secretary of State consider measures that are necessary, reasonable and cost-effective to increase voter participation; Be it further resolved, in order to increase voter participation, that consideration be given to various steps, including but not limited to, statewide and national elections in every even-numbered year be made a California State holiday; and/or make the weekend days, prior to the scheduled November election date, official voter-participation days (which would be less costly for the State); and increase ballot-drop locations, particularly in neighborhoods where transportation to the polls is problematic. Sponsored by LACDP ***

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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