Morning Report: Why People Don’t Vote

Voter turnout during primary and special elections is almost always low. But even high-profile contests can reveal thrilling stats.

In his latest column, Fine City, Jesse Marx delved into the question why don’t people vote.

Barriers to voting are very real – language, access and confusion are just a few. But many are simply dissatisfied with the political process. They do not see themselves reflected in the government and do not see much of an improvement in their conditions as elected officials come and go.

Marx analyzed census estimates with low voter turnout and found that even these communities have a higher than normal poverty rate. In general, they’re also younger, less educated and more dense.

It is easy to criticize non-voters because they do not understand what is at stake. Unlike stereotypes, however, those who do not vote or who do not vote selectively are not always discouraged. Some, in fact, are avid consumers of media and have concluded that voting is not worth it. Others would prefer to put their energy into charitable actions that have an immediate impact on their neighbors.

Marx writes that when low-income people abstain from voting, this reinforces the representation of the middle and upper classes in politics.

There are groups around the world that have been working to raise awareness and have been successful in recent years. But as one organizer explained, local candidates and supporters of ballot measures tend to focus their efforts on those who still vote while ignoring those who do not.

“It widens the gap,” he said.

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Mexico rebuilds pollution barriers in Tijuana River

One way to prevent Tijuana sewage from crossing the border is to build what represents a large dirt sidewalk through an opening in the border fence where the Tijuana River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border.

But during the rainy winter months, this barrier was washed away when the river became swollen with rain – exactly what happened when the first heavy rains hit December 9th. mysterious sewage spill meant that barriers were not rebuilt.

But now it is back, according to the International Border and Water Commission, a binational agency that treats a portion of water laden with sewage entering the United States from Tijuana under a treaty between the two countries.

Mexico borrowed equipment from IBWC to rebuild this sidewalk. And under the new IBWC agreement which settled three lawsuitsMexico has built a second one and IBWC has built one on the U.S. side to catch any remaining river pollution during the dry summer months.

In other news

  • The average price of gas in San Diego County has fell 15 times in the last 16 days. (Times of San Diego)
  • It is a sexually transmitted disease increased in San Diego County, and experts warn that trends may continue. (new source)
  • After a small increase last week, COVID-19 cases in the county have won fell near the pandemic bars this week, leading public health experts asked if we were established at a stable level that will last through the summer. (Union-Tribune)
  • A San Diego City Council committee on Wednesday heard a proposal from councilor Monica Montgomery Steppe that would creating a black artistic and cultural district in Encanto. (KPBS)
  • Kathy Hocul, Governor of New York, the Buffalo News that the state government agreed to subsidize a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills in part because other cities were lobbying the franchise to move, especially mentioning San Diego as a city that would like to have a team. “If something hadn’t happened soon, they had other options,” he said. “Buffalo is a walk, and it’s amazing to have a team. There is a lot more money to be had in places like San Diego. Not too long ago, San Diego had a football team, which during its pursuit of a new stadium subsidized by the city was set during that time the market did not have enough money to cover personal seat licenses, a tool often team used to fund them. part of new stadium.

This morning’s report was written by Jesse Marx, MacKenzie Elmer and Andrew Keatts. Edited by Megan Wood.

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