Congratulations to Betty Yee!
And thanks for giving me another chance to mention that this image is part of a collage at the new California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.
Barring a recount Yee will face off against Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin for California State Controller in November. Yee defeated fellow Democrat and former Assembly Speaker John Perez by 481 votes out of just over 4 million cast. This led me to do a little bit of looking at some of the numbers. This is by no means an in-depth analysis. Just some thoughts.
Something to think about
Whether you voted in this primary election or thought your vote didn’t matter and stayed home, consider the following:
- Los Angeles County, John Perez’s home, has 4.8 million registered voters.
- Only 824,070 LA County voters (17.0% – lowest in the state) cast a ballot in this election.
- Perez received 198,453 votes (23% of his total) from LA County while the other 4 counties he won made up less than 5% of his total votes.
- Statewide 75% of voters did not vote in this election.
- Betty Yee was nominated on a margin of 481 votes (0.0001%). That is one ten thousandth of one percent of the total votes cast.
- Of the total votes cast for Yee and Perez (1.75 million) the 481 difference is 0.000275% (2.75 ten thousandths of one percent).
Still think your vote doesn’t matter?
I would be surprised if there is not a recount in this race. Leave a comment and let everyone know what you think.