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Reaching Communities With Low Voter Turnout

As Election Day approaches, we're focusing on communities with historically low voter turnout in five Bay Area counties. These 5 areas include West Oakland in Alameda County, Richmond’s Iron Triangle in Contra Costa County, Bayview-Hunter’s Point in San Francisco, East Palo Alto in San Mateo County, and Fairfield in Solano County. 

""It's a lot, but it's also necessary to put your voice in for everything ... And if you don't, then higher-ups will just do whatever they want ... instead of what the people want."
--Lois Clare Vistel, age 20, Bayview-Hunter's Point resident

What we’re doing is a team effort, and we’d love for you to get involved — whether you’d like to hand out voter materials in the low voter turnout precincts we discussed, or if you’ve got elections questions our reporters can answer. We’ve got three easy ways for you to connect. You can call us at 415-684-8120, email us at community@kalw.org, or ask us a question here.

Click the play button above to hear more about this project.

Crosscurrents 2020 Elections
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sonia Narang is the editor and project manager for KALW's Health & Equity series. Before that, she managed elections coverage for the station. Over the past decade, Sonia reported social justice stories from her home state of California and around the globe for PRI's The World radio program, NPR News, The Washington Post's The Lily, and more.