February 2, 2023

Mountain Progressive Review

A Community-Led News Organization

By Mickey Laws, President of the Mountain Bears Democratic Club

The state is opening up, and mask requirements are lifting. For the last several weeks, California has reported the lowest number of daily coronavirus cases in the nation. At last, things seem to be getting back to normal, which means we can start looking forward to the upcoming election season. In preparation for that, it’s the perfect time to look at how the electoral landscape has changed since the last presidential election of 2020.

Our county switched from being historically red to blue in 2020. According to the Registrar of Voters Office (which is updated weekly), our county has 466,583 Democrats, 334,822 Republicans, and 249,777 No Party Preference (NPP). There is an 11-point spread, 41.1%-29.5%, Democrats over Republicans, and the NPP with 22% of the total county population of 1,134,912. For the largest county in the nation, just where are the registered majority of Democratic voters located? To find out, we need to look at the statistics of each of the five districts of San Bernardino County.

For this article, let’s look at our immediate district, which is District 2. Besides all of the communities here between Cedar Pines Park and Green Valley Lake, the Second District includes cities Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and much of Fontana. It also includes the unincorporated areas of Devore, Lytle Creek, San Antonio Heights, and Mt. Baldy. There are 101,184 registered Democrats, 76,125 Republicans, and 53,543 NPP in District 2.

These numbers are impressive and empowering, folks. If you have felt overwhelmed and intimidated by the vocal opposition in the recent past, don’t be any longer. Knowledge is power, so share what you know with friends and like-minded neighbors and family members.

And how is that power unleashed? Very simply, by marking your ballot and depositing it in any of the various ways. Based on these statistics, you never have to doubt the favorable outcome of a future election, assuming everyone casts a ballot. But that’s the challenge, as we know from past reports of low voter turnout. Not everyone votes. However, we can combat voter apathy with confidence now. We have the numbers to fortify that confident feeling. We are the majority. It was hard-won, but it’s also ours to lose. So let’s hang onto it. 

We’ve earned the right to go to the polls or fill out our ballots with confidence, demonstrating that complacency is not an option. Every vote in every election—no matter how far down-ballot the seat is—counts. If you’re not registered with the majority party, but your values and beliefs are generally aligned with the majority, your vote demonstrates a critical point—that we can work together. Working together magnifies the power of our numbers to bring about the desperately needed changes to make our country and county more fair and equitable for everyone. If we remain vigilant, remember that we are part of a larger community, work together, and vote, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.

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