Santa Monica Lookout
|Voter Turnout Down Significantly in Santa Monica||
| By Jonathan Friedman
November 10, 2016 -- Far fewer Santa Monica residents voted in this year's presidential election than did so in 2012 and 2008, according to semi-official figures released by the Los Angeles County Registrar.
Of the 68,644 registered voters in Santa Monica, just 32,568 (47.44 percent) cast ballots in the presidential election. The total was 47,945 (78.72 percent) in 2012 and 50,912 (87.23 percent) in 2008.
Santa Monica voters were mostly in line with the rest of Los Angeles County and their peers throughout California when it came to the various ballot propositions, with just three exceptions.
Both county-wide measures that were on the ballot received voter approval, and a majority of Santa Monica residents supported them as well.
The Santa Monica vote for Measure A that establishes a property tax to pay for parks projects was 22,764 in favor and 6,168 opposed.
Measure M, which creates a half-cent sales tax to fund public transit projects needed two-thirds voter support for passage. It received 70 percent support from county voters and 74 percent support locally, with 21,494 votes in favor and 7,514 opposed.
For the 17 State measures, Santa Monica was in agreement with the final results on 14 of them.
Proposition 61 lost by a 54-46 margin, but received 60 percent support in Santa Monica.
That measure would have capped the amount of money State agencies could spend on their employees' prescription drugs and in effect lower drug prices overall.
Pharmaceutical companies spent in excess of $100 million to defeat Proposition 61.
The other two State measures where Santa Monica differed with California as a whole involved the death penalty.
Proposition 62, which would have repealed the death penalty, was defeated by a 54-46 margin. It was supported by 68 percent of Santa Monica voters.
Proposition 66 calling for shortening the time it takes to appeal the death penalty passed with just under 51 percent support. Santa Monica voters rejected the measure by a 64-36 margin.
Local voters supported Measure V, the $345 million bond to fund Santa Monica College facilities improvements, at almost the same rate as voters did in the whole district, which includes Malibu and unincorporated areas.
The measure needed 55 percent support for passage, and received 64.09 percent support from the district and 64.3 percent approval in Santa Monica.
Santa Monica’s representatives in Congress and the State Assembly cruised to victory in their districts. Local voters also overwhelmingly supported the two Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu defeated Republican Ken Wright with 66.3 percent support to win a second term as representative of the 33rd District. In Santa Monica, he received nearly 80 percent of the vote.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom was elected to his third term after defeating Republican Matthew Gene Craffey with more than 75 percent of the vote. He received more than 78 percent support in Santa Monica.
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