We spilled lots of proverbial ink on Orange County’s Vote Local effort including guest columns by Stephanie Porta and Debbie Simmons . The effort culminated with a remarkable increase in early and absentee turnout for the August 26th elections. Overall turnout increased by over 33%, while turnout among Democrats increased by 63%. This owes itself not only to the Vote Local effort but also to the stronger organization of the local Democratic Party and the strong progressive infrastructure that has been developed in the county.
The strong effort gave the Earned Sick Time initiative which TFS supported a big victory in addition to carrying several progressive candidates either to victory or into November runoffs. This was a remarkable spike in turnout when one considers no contentious county Mayor race was on the ballot, nor a competitive Gubernatorial Primary (Republican) or Democratic US Senate Primary featuring a well-known African-American lawmaker (Kendrick Meek) like in 2010.
Orange County activists have proven having a two year plan and ongoing grassroots efforts can pay off in a big way. Congratulations to everyone at the local level that helped make this happen.