It will be a stormy L.A. election day for the first time in years. Will rain hurt turnout? Will voters in Southern California be turned off by the candidates? That’s the big question.
First, let’s revisit the weather forecast. “It’s going to be cloudy,” said meteorologist Mike Bettes. “It looks like rain. Some rain, some drizzle.”
Then you get into the actual election. Bettes said there’s an 80-20 split between likely voters and undecided voters, and that the turnout in the county has been declining every election cycle. But there’s always turnout.
If you’re from the Los Angeles area, here’s a look at a few of the races for major offices.
There’s a Democratic race for public office. A man named Michael Barnes is running in the race for Los Angeles County Clerk/Recorder.
Barnes said the county has a problem with people voting who shouldn’t be, so he’s trying to fix it.
“We only count the ones who we think have the right to vote, and we don’t give the right to vote to felons. We have to make sure that we’re not disenfranchising anyone, anyone who has had their right to vote revoked,” Barnes said. “We make sure that we are accurately counting every single vote.”
Barnes said he can fix the problem when he’s elected.
“I’ll be the new official, and I’ll have a say with the people of Los Angeles,” he said.
He was quick to mention that he believes in transparency. “I’m for transparency. I’m for open government,” Barnes said. “I have a lot to say, and I’ll explain why I think the way I do.”
Barnes said it’s a complicated issue, and he’s going to explain it as best as he can to the public.
“I want to make sure that people understand the importance of the election,” he said.