>Dan Walters: Democrats' shrinking share of voters may threaten their dominance
>By Dan Walters -- Bee Columnist
Orval Osborne responds:
Dan Walters is a relentlessly Republican pundit, so if there is something negative to say about Democrats, you can count on Walters to say it. I think this analysis is right, especially since it sticks closely to the facts, and not much to judgement. So the main trends are towards not voting or towards "Decline to state," which is less identification with Parties.
The Green Party is for some a last hope against total cynicism and dropping out of voting altogether. But this way (at least currently) only appeals to a small percentage of people. People know the system is broken, and voting does not work. The challenge is to persuade them voting *could* work if only enough people would trust us to fix it.
Identification with the Green Party is going against the large current of non-Party identification. However, this is the likely source of many of our votes. Consider an election where we get 3% of the vote, the Greens are 1% and we have a 33% voter turnout among
registered Greens. 8 out of 9 Green voters are not registered Green. Hard to say how many are Democrats and how many are decline to state. How do we appeal to the decline to state voter to register Green Party? How do we appeal to voters in rural and inland California? Perhaps we could take lessons from Greens in Texas or other "inland" areas on that score.