Democrats for Equality,
You’re probably having to endure a number of sleepless nights over the last couple days, weeks — months and years even.
The good news is that anxiety probably ends today, tonight, and in the coming weeks.
Today, is Election Day.
For all the protesting, marching, and organizing we’ve done over the last couple of years, the culmination of all that is upon us.
If you haven’t had a chance to drop-off your ballot yet, here’s a list of the ballot drop-off locations throughout San Diego County, and a link to our printer-friendly Voter Guide is here.
By the time you read this, over 100 million ballots may have already been cast across the country. In many places, they have seen record turnout. As of last night, five states have already surpassed their total 2016 turnout just in early voting: Texas, Hawaii, Washington, Montana, and Arizona.
California leads the nation in early voting with almost 12 million ballots cast. That’s 53% turnout just in early voting, and more than half of all ballots cast are from registered Democrats.
San Diego County is setting records, too.
Countywide, we are at 56% turnout just from early voting and a little less than half the ballots returned are from registered Democrats.
Citywide, we are at 57% turnout just from early voting and more than half the ballots returned are from registered Democrats.
In one of the hottest races locally — Supervisor District 3 — we are at 62% turnout just from early voting and a little less than half the ballots returned are from registered Democrats.
Countywide, in the city, and in Supervisor District 3, ballots from NPP voters and those registered in other minor parties are outpacing Republican ballots.
What does all this mean? It means Democrats are fired up and voting, voting early, and voting in significant numbers. NPP voters, too. Republicans seem to largely be waiting until Election Day to vote.
The Registrar of Voters announced that more than 1.1 million ballots have already been received — 300,000 more ballots than in 2016. According to KPBS, 60% to 70% of all the votes could be counted by the time the first local results are released.
When the polls close at 8:00pm tonight, typically we’d all get together and celebrate our local and national victories. Since COVID is still a thing, we’ll be doing this virtually with the San Diego County Democratic Party.
Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Southwestern College Trustee Nora Vargas, and another one of our endorsed candidates Terra Lawson-Remer will all be featured and speak.
Here’s to some big wins tonight for all four of these incredible candidates!
Speaking of our candidates… It’s my sincere hope that all of our candidates will win — and if some of those turnout models end up being accurate, we could have a great night locally. *knocks on wood*
I want to thank all of our club’s endorsed candidates for stepping up to run for office.
Taking that leap of faith to put your name on the ballot, whether it’s for Mayor, Congress, or even a seat on a local Water Board or School Board, is challenging enough… let alone stepping up to do it in the middle of a pandemic, under a barrage of attacks, and/or in the face of injustice.
We endorsed more candidates than in any prior election, and in some cases actively recruited some of them to run.
We’ve had your backs. We have put blood, sweat, and tears to help elevate your candidacies, your causes, and your voices. We couldn’t be more proud to have played a role in that.
Again, for our candidates — no matter the outcome tonight and in the weeks ahead — your candidacy, your running gave voters a choice. A choice for equality, a choice for equity, and a choice for justice.
We’ll share in your success tonight, tomorrow, and in the weeks ahead, and we’ll share love and support if you fall short.
Equality is on the ballot tonight, and your candidacy carries that banner for all of us. Let’s lift up that banner high, and win this thing together.
On behalf of San Diego Democrats for Equality, let’s make some history tonight.
I love you all,
Ryan Trabuco (he/him/his)
San Diego Democrats for Equality