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first_imgOverall, the electorate is becoming less inclined to affiliate with either major party and is becoming somewhat less representative of the total population. We encourage voters to work to change that latter trend. Given the excitement that the wide-open presidential primary should generate in the months leading up to the Feb. 5 vote, now is a good time to get registered and get involved in the democratic process.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In Los Angeles County, the percentage of eligible voters who are registered went from about 72 percent four years ago to about 68 percent today. The number of people on the county’s voter rolls has actually dropped by more than 100,000 over the same time period. Another trend is the increase in California voters who decline to state their party. Their numbers are up 3 percent. In Supervisor Don Knabe’s Fourth District, which includes much of the South Bay, the number of decline-to-state voters rose from 15.8 percent in 2003 to 19.3 percent today. The proportions of Democrats and Republicans compared to all registered voters in the Fourth District are down by about 1.5 percent. In the 53rd Assembly District, which includes Torrance and the beach cities, decline-to-state voters now represent 21.3 percent percent of the electorate, up from 18 percent four years ago. These independent-minded voters often decide the outcome of close elections. Under the current rules, they have two options during the presidential primary: They can choose from among the Democratic Party candidates or those of the American Independent Party. With a number of South Bay elections coming up on Nov. 6, not to mention the presidential primary vote in February, it’s a good time for would-be voters to get informed about the latest electoral trends and deadlines. First off, county residents should understand that Monday is the deadline to register for the November vote, which in the South Bay will include elections for city councils and school boards. Voter registration forms are available at a number of locations, such as libraries, city clerk offices and post offices. To vote, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age by Election Day. Those in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony are not eligible. We hope a larger number of voters will decide to take part in the upcoming elections, but statistics just released by Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office are not terribly encouraging. Bowen released figures comparing the makeup of the California electorate prior to the last presidential primary in 2004 to today’s voters. Statewide, the percentage of eligible voters who are registered has fallen to 68 percent, compared with 71percent four years ago. last_img

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