When it comes to voter registration among California’s counties, Humboldt’s isn’t at the top (Lassen, 86.36 percent) or the bottom (Merced, 58.87 percent).

Instead, according to the Sept. 7 Report of Registration from the California Secretary of State’s office, we’re around the middle — 71.38 percent, with over 75,000 voters registered out of over 105,500 eligible voters.

We can do better than that, Humboldt County.

There is, even in these increasingly partisan times, a nonpartisan way to boost voter registration here — but it’s going to take concerted, sustained effort. It could be a project to build up and carry forth beyond the Nov. 6 election.

We’re talking about voter preregistration. California’s 16- and 17-year-olds can now preregister to vote online at before voting at 18. Lest anyone harbor any apprehensions that a voter preregistration drive is a creature of any one political party, according to the California Secretary of State’s office, Humboldt County reported 252 pre-registered voters as of Sept. 7:

• 140 no party preference;• 46 Democrat;• 42 Republican;• 8 American Independent;• 8 Libertarian;• 4 Peace and Freedom;• 3 Unknown;• 1 Green.

So there you have it. At least 252 young residents readying themselves to dive into the grand experiment of democracy here in Humboldt County.

It’s a good start, but we can do so much better. If anybody out there is willing to pick up this challenge and run with it, you’ll be doing a service to the future of your county and country.

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