SAN DIEGO — State Sen. Ben Hueso announced today that Senate Bill 415, a measure that will dramatically increase voter turnout in local elections, passed the State Senate on a 26-12 vote and is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature. Local governments whose voter turnout is 25 percent less than the average turnout in that city will be required to consolidate their elections with state elections, stated a press release from Hueso’s office.
“We must protect our voices as voters and celebrate our most sacred right as Americans. Voter participation in any election gives us the opportunity to challenge the issues at stake and redefines our commitment to our state of California,” Hueso said. “This bill sends a clear message that elected officials support the effort to increase voter turnout and respect a democratic process.”