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With the primaries around the corner, we talk election prep with Secretary of State Alex Padilla

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With the June 5 primaries coming up in just a few weeks, we’re sitting down to talk with California’s Chief Elections Officer and Secretary of State, Alex Padilla.

If history is any guide, out of nearly 20 million registered Californians, about 6 million will actually turn out to the polls. For a midterm election primary, voter apathy will be especially tough to beat. That apathy doesn’t affect all equally -- Republicans are actually the most reliable voters in the golden state. But their numbers are shrinking, as independent voters are getting close to outnumbering Republicans in California.

This is also the last election before many of Southern California’s polling places are swapped out in favor of temporary offices called vote centers, thanks to the California Voter’s Choice Act. How will this affect voting going forward?

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Alex Padilla, Secretary of State of California