A Scientologist on the ballot: OC candidate keeping mum about his anti-psych work - 2016-08-29

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F347.png A Scientologist on the ballot: OC candidate keeping mum about his anti-psych work August 29, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

The city of Garden Grove, which is in Orange County, California and is home to one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the country, is changing the way it elects its city council this year. It's moving from an at-large system — which has each city councilmember elected by everyone in the city — to a district system, which will elect six councilmembers from six separate districts.

District elections are held in about 40 percent of US cities, and political science experts will tell you that electing by district increases the chances that minority candidates can get elected, which is a good thing.

But there's another effect of voting by district. Voters already pay little attention to municipal elections, and dividing them into even smaller zones increases the possibility that voters won't take the time to learn who they're voting for.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = A Scientologist on the ballot: OC candidate keeping mum about his anti-psych work | url = https://tonyortega.org/2016/08/29/a-scientologist-on-the-ballot-oc-candidate-keeping-mum-about-his-anti-psych-work/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = August 29, 2016 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}