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What Community Organizers Are Doing To Get Out The Vote In Oakland

Diane Yee
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Alameda County ballot from the last presidential election on November 8, 2016.

In the final weeks leading up to the election, we’re checking in on five locations in the Bay Area with the lowest voter turnout rates: Richmond, East Palo Alto, Bayview, Fairfield, and West Oakland. Today, we're going to Oakland.

Oakland is voting on everything from city council members to the school board, from whether to give the police commission more independence, to removing a limit on fines around things like illegal dumping. 

In this interview, The Oaklandside Managing Editor Jacob Simas says Oakland neighborhoods with historically low voter turnout may see higher numbers this year. 

This interview was produced by Victor Tence. Click the play button above to listen.

Find more from this series here.

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.
Victor Tence is the Line Producer for Crosscurrents and Coordinator for KALW's Training Programs. He is a graduate of City College of San Francisco's journalism program and the 2020 KALW Audio Academy cohort. He transitioned to journalism after spending 6 years cooking in Bay Area kitchens. He is passionate about covering the local hospitality, food and agriculture industry, as a way to advocate for the community he loves. Now, he works as a producer for KALW's award-winning news magazine, Crosscurrents. He also organizes and facilitates KALW's various training programs.