Opinion: Election didn’t change California’s balance of power
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Opinion: Election didn’t change California’s balance of power

Co-author, Pacific Coast Business Times, November 30, 2020

This past election was one of the most consequential elections in modern history. In the midst of a pandemic, Californians have continued to endure simultaneous crises including wildfires, rising homelessness, lack of affordable housing, racial injustice and climate change impacts, to name a few—all of which were top of mind heading into the election.

More state voters registered to vote in the 2020 election than in the past 80 years (88% of eligible Californians as of October); California set modern-day records for the number of votes cast and voter turnout.

The results make it clear: California remains a blue state and President Donald Trump’s potential reelection spurred hyperpartisanship and momentum to turn out the vote—providing ample opportunity for voters to weigh in on numerous congressional, state Senate and Assembly seats and state and local measures.

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