Voters born in California are less likely to participate in the state’s elections than voters born elsewhere who now live in the Golden State, according to a report by Political Data Inc. that surprised its author.
Some 73% of California-born voters cast a ballot in the November 2012 election, while turnout was more than 80% for California voters born in 30 other states, including New York, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, according to Political Data Inc., which analyses voter information for campaigns.
In the last gubernatorial election, in 2010, only 62% of registered voters born in California turned out, a lower number than for voters from all other states, said Paul Mitchell, vice president for the firm.
"It’s counterintuitive,’’ Mitchell said of his findings. "You would think people born in California would be more engaged in a state election, especially one for governor, than people born in other states.’’