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Last election’s voter turnout hit a record low in California, and national turnout was the lowest it’s been since 1942. What’s keeping people away from the polls -- even in the politically active Bay Area -- and to what extent does voter disengagement threaten our democracy

Guests:

- Supervisor Katy Tang, representing San Francisco’s District 4

- Jason McDaniel, Assistant Professor of political science, San Francisco State University

- Melissa Breach, Executive Director, League of Women Voters California 

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Election victories from sea to shining sea… What passage of Prop 47 could mean… Unique regs in Mendocino… Halloween scare just a fantasy… and more.

LEGALIZATION                                

New poll: Majority of Americans support legalization – barely// Gallup.com   New numbers show 51% supporting legal cannabis, down from 58% a year ago.

ELECTION

Today on Crosscurrents, we hear from the retired Charles Ray Williams, an ex Navy man who completed four tours in Vietnam. Williams has spent a lot of time on the road and overseas, and it's his worldliness and street education that he sees as setting him apart from other candidates. He has never held public office.

The issues Williams feels strongest about are city safety, the Oakland budget, services for the homeless, making school uniforms mandatory, and creating more afterschool programs for kids. 

Absentee voter

Nov 7, 2012

Why do American elections matter to the world when barely 50 percent of Americans show up at the polling booth? Sandip Roy votes absentee... from India.

The Bay Area Muslim community includes at least 100, 000 people. There's a large Afghan community in the East Bay, a sizable South Asian population in the South Bay, and the Peninsula is home to large Arab American and Iranian American groups.

Historically, the Muslim community has voted Republican – until 2008 when they voted for President Obama. However, many say they are now disappointed by his presidency, especially in terms of issues like closing Guantanamo Bay, renewing the Patriot Act, and the continuing drone attacks in Pakistan.

We continue the joint series with our friends at New America Media discussing the issues that various Bay Area ethnic communities care about this election year, and where they stand on local issues. Every Tuesday until election day, we’ll be speaking with representatives from local ethnic media to hear about what’s important to their audiences.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the role of unions in the presidential elections. Unions are spending more than $400M to help reelect President Obama. How are unions using their political dollars?  And what is it getting them? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What role should unions play  in electoral politics? It’s Your, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Supreme Court’s ruling, which allows corporations and citizens to spend unlimited amounts of money backing candidates. With the proliferation of so-called Super PACs and with so much cash flowing to both parties, how has politics been influenced by big money? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What will it take to remove money from politics? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen's Democracy is for People Campaign

Downsizing California's postal system could affect last-minute voters, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen. While the U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing up to 11 processing centers across the state, that could delay thousands of mail-in ballots and compromise the integrity of the November election...