Turning the Tide: Why Your Vote Matters

In LAAPOA’s last e-newsletter, we sounded the alarm on the extreme voter apathy demonstrated by the low turnout seen in Los Angeles and statewide during the June primary election. While the numbers rose slightly from initial reports as more mail-in ballots were counted, by July 6 it was clear that fewer than one-third of California voters — and even a few percent less than that in L.A. County — had participated. Pundits offered plenty of theories about why voters feel disengaged, but instead of the reasons, let’s focus on the results. For peace officers, the dangers of not being involved in the political process are real, and can even be life-or-death.
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