California is the most diverse state in the nation—and it is getting more diverse every year. Yet the voting population still does not fully reflect who we are. For example, Latinos, Blacks, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are less likely to vote than white Californians, and young people regularly turn out at substantially lower rates than older voters. Reducing disparities in voter participation will lead to more representation, more influence, and more power for populations that government policies too often overlook or ignore.
Across our state and throughout the nation, urgent action is needed to ensure that all voters, and especially those who continue to face real barriers to voting, are able to exercise this fundamental democratic right. As we look ahead to the November general election, and at a time when so many rights and opportunities hang in the balance, investing in voter access and engagement is critical to ensuring that our democratic systems truly represent the will of all of the people.
Here are three steps we can take for more equal elections.