Primary Elections in are extremely important. In California after January 2011, with the implementation of the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, Â all candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on one ballot but only the top two vote-getters get listed in the primary election. In addition, Â during primary elections local offices are filled. However, the turnout for primary elections is very low. In Stanislaus County there are 211,277 registered voters but in this past June 3rd Gubernatorial Primary Election only 26.4% of registered voters turned out to vote.Â
In order to better this disparity and to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities, CBC Youth Leaders spent the entire month of May canvassing and encouraging registered voters in Stanislaus County, in the communities of West Modesto and Ceres, to Get Out The Vote on June 3rd. These young leaders knocked on doors and engaged community members in conversations about why its important to vote during primary elections.