By Lee Pevsner
If the answer is NEVER, you better be 12 years old, or not a citizen of the USA.
The turnout in Merced County for the last election which occurred in November 2018 was 61.44 percent.
That is pretty good for us. Usually we really suck at voting.
“My vote is not going to do any good,” you say.
Talk to Merced City Council person Delray Shelton.
He won his race by only six votes!
If you haven’t figured out that people in elective office at all levels of government make decisions that directly affect you, let’s have a chat.
It is very easy to register to vote. Simply call the Merced County Elections Office, and they will tell you how. Actually, the number I am going to give you is for the California Secretary of State: (877) 322-5337. But you do not need to call. If you have internet access, go to the Merced County Elections Office’s website. You can register online.
By the way, Barbara Levey is a really great person. She is in-charge of elections in Merced County.
I VOTE BY MAIL. You can sign up for that. And you might as well get accustomed to it, because we will all be doing it in the not too distant future.
I have been a poll worker. You can do that too. Just call the Elections Commission Office at 209-385-7541 and they will tell you how to apply. And the “job” PAYS MONEY!
OK, back to the main topic …VOTE!!
It is a right and a privilege, and it is really important.
The next election is called a PRIMARY and occurs on Tuesday, March 3.
There will be many variations of primary election ballots for registered voters, depending largely on an individual’s registered party preference, or lack of one (This is important when it comes to national presidential primary candidates), and where the individual lives within local and regional election district(s).
Local races include seats up for grabs on the Merced County Board of Supervisors, and representation on the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as ballot measures for education improvements and changes to the Merced City Charter.
And don’t forget, the primary vote leads to the Presidential General Election in November. More on that election will come to light in the months to come.
For now, if you want to see a difference in your government, at all levels, please get involved.
Lee Pevsner is a resident of Merced.