When Did We Lose Our Right To Vote?

By  John Derby
Times Publisher
February 11, 2016

Is anyone else out there wondering when did we Californians lose our right to vote on who represents the two major parties in a national election.
Here we are the most populace state in the union, and we only get a chance to decide as the remainder of the flock.
We are not sure who is responsible but watching all the political drama on T.V. about an election in one of the smallest states in the union seems to be outrageous. Then when we hear that after the election several of the candidates may drop out, we feel disenfranchised.
Who was the one who decided the primary in New Hampshire would come first? Or, who was the one who decided that the voters in New Hampshire were the smartest and what they decided about one candidate or another was good for the entire nation?
Specially this year with candidates who have Hispanic surnames — one would think that the state with the largest number of Latinos would have something to say in which candidate would be best to represent the party and eventually the entire United States.
Just look at the issues before the candidates, and see how such issues are slanted in favor of the region where the voters come from. If all of California were to vote in a separate election, the No. 1 issue would have to be the immigration issue.
While it is a national issue too, it is not the major issue in the New Hampshire campaign.
Never can we recall so many candidates running for one party, as the number in the Republican party. Does this mean there is a lot of confusion over what the real issues are in the campaign?
We are surprised that someone hasn’t questioned the legality of some states having primaries which are held months earlier than primaries in other states. Does this benefit the state with the earliest primary?
It certainly can’t hurt the television stations which generate a windfall of political advertising.
Now with the combining of local elections on the same date as the national elections, one has to wonder about the effect on the voting public. The local elections, when held on separate dates from the national elections, were given top priority in the local media in the past. Now they will be played on as second fiddle and far less important in the scheme of things.
Finally, as a California voter, we are frustrated by the focus of national elections all being on the eastern side of the United States.
Hey, we have voters out here in California too.
What about us?

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