Loss of political interest

05/11/2014 6:05 PM

05/12/2014 8:59 AM

Re "Millions of Californians missing from the registration rolls" (May 11): Maybe we should consider that many Californians feel alienated from the capital and don't want to participate in something they have no control over.

We are one of the only countries who haven't adopted the practice of automatic voter registration. By adopting this practice, we could see an increase in voter turnout because we have eliminated the middleman, per se.

State politics are considered minute when compared to federal politics, and the average California citizen doesn't feel the effects of their representative's choices.

If our government can't fix issues, what is the point of being involved? The lack of bipartisanship in our government has led to many stalemates in legislation. This becomes the issue with voting registration. There is no optimism getting voters to the polls.

-- Derek Keeley, Chico

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