The June 5 primary is, admittedly, a mostly academic exercise: The two top vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the November ballot.
For most of our readers, that means the 43rd Assembly District race is a wash. With incumbent Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian the only ones on the ballot, no matter what, they’re both headed to November.
Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) faces two challengers: Republican Gilbert Gonzales and Democrat Ameenah Fuller.
Like anything that seems academic, voters tend to eschew practice tests and wait for the one that matters. But that’s a dangerous precedent to be part of.
The primaries, no matter how shored up the results appear to be, do serve a purpose. For the candidates, the results can be an important gauge of popular support. For voters, the results can be a measurement of how safe or at-risk your favorite candidate is.
But these measurements depend on the fact that everyone who plans to vote in the general election also participates in the primary; otherwise, the results are skewed and unreliable.
And really, when we start cherry-picking which election to participate in, we also start heading down a slippery slope with complacency at its base.