In California, we no longer have an Election Day, but an Election Month. And that month begins today, May 10, the first day that county election officials we be mailing June 8 Primary Election ballots to the more than 5.8 million registered voters who have signed up as permanent vote-by-mail voters. And these voters will be able to cast that ballot by return mail anytime between now and June 8.
Last week I posted an article on incumbent challenges, but most of the action in this Primary Election will be in the two congressional districts, 10 even-number state senate districts and 29 assembly districts – total of 41 – that are OPEN SEATS – an open seat being districts that the incumbent is not seeking re-election due to term limits, running for another office, or retiring. Because of gerrymandering, winning the Primary for the vast majority of these candidates is tantamount to winning the seat in November.