In 2020, California had its highest voter turnout since 1952; but why? What factors into high and low voter turnout? How have watershed moments in California history affected turnout? This program is co-presented by California Humanities and KALW.
Eric McGhee, Senior Fellow at Public Policy Institute of California
Jane Junn, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California
Shakirah Simley, Director of San Francisco Office of Racial Equity
Dr. Veronica Terriquez, Associate Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz
Francisco Pedraza, Political Scientist at University of California Riverside
Sonia Narang manages KALW’s elections coverage, and heads up the station’s Health & Equity reporting project. Sonia’s multimedia stories from her home state of California and around the world also appear on PRI’s The World, NPR News, The Washington Post’s The Lily, and others.
Recorded March 2021.
About California on the Ballot:
Through California on the Ballot, California Humanities invites the people of California and beyond to reflect and talk—with journalists, historians, election experts, and more—about the past, present, and future of electoral engagement in California.
California on the Ballot is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of their A More Perfect Union initiative and was launched with funding from the Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.