Walters on Low Turnout and the Eminent Domain Initiatives

From Dan Walters’ Sacramento Bee column:

One consequence of the state’s first February presidential primary election – unintended, perhaps, but a consequence nevertheless – will almost certainly be an extraordinarily low voter turnout for the June 3 regular primary.

Primary elections generally see subpar turnouts, in part because independents have almost no motivation to vote.

But June’s election will be especially devoid of motivation – no presidential contest or any other statewide candidate duel, only a handful of meaningful legislative or congressional primaries and just two statewide ballot measures, both of which deal with the very arcane issue of property seizures by local governments.

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