What’s wrong with Madera voters? According to a report by the Secretary of State, we now have the lowest voter registration in California. Historically, the four counties that rest in the center of the San Joaquin Valley have been among those statewide with low registration and voter turnout.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Fresno County has improved from a little less than 66 percent to nearly 72 percent of eligible voters who have registered. But, Fresno is the exception to the rule.
Kings County’s registration briefly rose from 58.4 percent in 2000 to about 65 percent in 2004, but it has dropped to 60.5 percent for the current election period. Likewise, Tulare County rose from 54.4 percent in 2000 to 60 percent in 2004, and it has now dropped to less than 55 percent. But, Madera County has dropped steadily: 71.6 percent in 2000, 62.5 percent in 2004, 60.4 percent in 2008 and 49.3 percent so far for 2012 elections.
Purging the rolls
According to a 2012 report by the Pew Center, voter registration rolls must continually be purged because America is a very mobile place. Between 2008 and 2010, one in every eight Americans changed residence. And, if you single out data for young people, that factor doubles...