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Crosscurrents

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

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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.

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 a graduate of City College of San Francisco's journalism program.