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Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Voter Outreach
September 20, 2010 1:41:09 PM PDT
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

BEYOND THE HEADLINES
September 12, 2010
Voter Outreach
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

Election Day this year falls on Tuesday, November 2nd. It is critical now more than ever to get your voice heard. Today's show looks at the importance of voting and being involved in the elections process, and how you can get registered to vote.

According to the California Secretary of State's Office, in May 2010:

  • 23.4 million Californians were eligible to vote.
  • But only 16.9 million were actually registered.
  • That means more than 27percent of Californians was absent from the entire voting process.

According to the nonpartisan, non-profit Public Policy Institute of California:

  • About 1/3 of California's adult population is between ages 18 and 34
  • But only 20 percent of likely voters falls in this age group
  • The share of voters age 55 and older is 39 percent
  • This is higher than the share of state residents in this age group, which is 29 percent

Studio Guests

Karen Clopton
Administrative Law Judge, California Public Utilities Commission
President, League of Women Voters of San Francisco
www.sfvotes.org

Kay Louie
Director of Advocacy and Operations, Educacy
www.educacy.org

Amanda Schmitt
ASB Vice-President, Silver Creek High School

Amy Wong
ASB President, Silver Creek High School

Upcoming Events

Voter Registration Drive, "Back to School Night"
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Silver Creek High School
3434 Silver Creek Road, San Jose
(408) 347-5600

"Vote For My Future" Campaign Workshop (Educacy)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
www.educacy.org

Register to Vote at:
www.sos.ca.gov
Or go to your City Hall

Find your local League of Women Voters chapter at:
www.smartvoter.org

Additional Resources

Dial: 2-1-1
211 provides free and confidential information and referral. Dial 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.


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