Low voter turnout predicted in LAUSD board race
Even as the runoff election appears to be tightening to fill the vacant LA Unified school board seat in south LA, the question is not only who will win, but just how low can voter turnout go? Set for August 12, the stand-alone election not only falls in the dog days of summer, but also...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | August 4, 2014
Just in: LAUSD election results 11:21pm, 8% reporting
By LA School Report | June 3, 2014
Charts: School Board Voting Could Decline
There a few really great charts in today’s LA Times article about our ever-sinking voter turnout, including the one above. The Times shows that voter turnout in Mayoral runoffs increases an average of 18 percent from the primary. But according to sources we’ve spoken with, voter turnout in School Board District 6 next week could actually be lower than it...
By Hillel Aron | May 16, 2013
Early Voting Starts Today, Can Determine Elections
Monday, April 22 is the first day Los Angeles voters will receive and can apply for vote-by-mail ballots for the May 21 East Valley District 6 runoff election, which means that campaigning will finally begin in earnest. (Go here to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot.) The election will pick between Monica Ratliff and Antonio Sanchez...
By Samantha Oltman | April 22, 2013
Final: School Board Turnout Was 20 Percent
The day after the March 5 primary election, a tired-looking Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa mentioned off-hand that turnout for the LAUSD School Board elections was a dismal seven percent. A couple of weeks later on KPCC, he amended that number to 14 percent. So which is it? Neither, actually. Voter turnout for the LAUSD races was initially reported...
By Hillel Aron | April 2, 2013
Mayor: Low Turnout Undercuts Elected Board
In a new KPCC radio interview that aired earlier today, Mayor Villaraigosa surprised nobody touting his record on education — claiming to have doubled the number of schools at 800 and above in the API (academic performance index), for example — and taking aim at the notion that LAUSD should have an independent elected School...
By Alexander Russo | March 21, 2013
Calendar: Registration & Vote By Mail Schedule
Mark it on your calender: Important voter registration and vote-by-mail deadlines are coming up for Los Angeles’ May 21 runoff election for the District 6 seat on the LAUSD School Board: May 6, 2013 (Monday): The last day to register to vote in the May runoff election. (If you still haven’t registered, go here to register to vote...
By Samantha Oltman | March 21, 2013
Voter Turnout Far Below Expectations
Yesterday’s primary election attracted millions of dollars in outside spending, but it couldn’t attract Los Angeles voters’ attention. Citywide, only 16 percent of LA voters cast ballots at the polls, according to figures from the LA City Clerk’s office. This was far below initial expectations. According to political consultants LA School Report spoke with before...
By Samantha Oltman | March 6, 2013
Turnout Could Reach 30 Percent, Says Consultant
Conventional wisdom is that voter turnout is always relatively low for local elections—especially so for school board races. And this is often true. In off-year election cycles, when the only offices up for vote are City Council or Board seats, turnout can be as low as 11 percent. Relatively small numbers of voters can sway...
By Samantha Oltman | December 21, 2012