Curtis Park precincts among Biden’s top percentages in county

President-Elect Joe Biden received overwhelming support from Curtis Park voters in the general election, even by California standards.

Biden received 85.6% of the neighborhood vote, President Trump 11.8%, and minor-party candidates received 2.5%. The remainder declined to vote for any of the listed candidates (two write-ins and 57 who didn’t vote for president).

Biden’s vote percentages in the neighborhood’s southern and central precincts – roughly 86.6 % each – were the third- and fourth-highest percentages among the 600 precincts in Sacramento County.

Some 83% of voters in the northern precinct also supported Biden.

Election Day had sunny weather and a steady stream of voters the Sierra 2 vote center. Poll Inspector Kate Tibbitts indicated that voting went peacefully and smoothly. The center was staffed with 13 Election Day workers who were paid hourly. Two workers staffed the drop box outside Curtis Hall, where many voters dropped off ballots. Other workers checked in voters from behind Plexiglas barriers. The voting booths were well spaced along the east wall of Curtis Hall. Mask wearing was universal and traffic was steady.

Photo by Joan Cusick

Curtis Park turnout was 91% as of Nov. 20, and will grow slightly when the remaining ballots (less than 1.3% countywide) are counted. Because final vote counts were not available, results are presented in percentages, which are not expected to change significantly.

Neighborhood voters showed strong support for Democrats in congressional and Assembly races.

  • Rep. Doris Matsui won 87% of the vote in her race with Republican Chris Bush. Matsui’s vote margins in the Curtis Park precincts were the fifth-, seventh- and 17th-highest in the city.
  • Kevin McCarty won 86% of the vote in his race with Republican James Just. McCarty’s vote margins in the Curtis Park precincts were the second-, fifth and eighth-highest in the city.

Statewide Propositions 15,16, 18, 22 and 25 asked Californians to address a range of issues from consideration of diversity and taxation to criminal justice. Roughly two-thirds of local voters supported higher taxes on business properties, greater consideration of diversity, more access to voting for young people and the abolition of cash bail. On Proposition 22, the rideshare initiative, Curtis Park voters had a higher percentage (57%) of “no” votes than 95% of the precincts in the city.

Curtis Park voters had higher “yes” percentages than 90% of city precincts on Propositions 15, 16, 18 and 25. While each of these measures was defeated statewide, all prevailed easily in the local vote, and all had much higher “yes” percentages than the city, county and statewide tallies. On Propositions 14, 17, 20, 21, 23 and 24, the results in Curtis Park aligned with the statewide totals on whether the measure passed or failed.

For the most part, there was little difference on any of the ballot issues in the “yes” and “no” vote percentages among the three Curtis Park precincts.

One exception was Proposition 21, on which in the northern precinct 58% voted “yes,” compared with 46% in the two other areas. This could be explained by the northern precinct having a much higher percentage of renters than the central and southern areas.

Local Measure A (“strong mayor”) and Measure C (rent control) both lost decisively, with about two-thirds of Curtis Park residents voting “no.” The Curtis Park neighborhood has 4,344 registered voters, a 5% increase since the 2016 election. Most of this increase was in the southern area, likely due to the new housing in Crocker Village.

The three Curtis Park precincts are bounded by the W-X Freeway on the north, Highway 99 on the east, Sutterville Road on the south and the Union Pacific railroad tracks and Freeport Boulevard on the west. This aligns with the SCNA boundaries and is an area of about a square mile.

Proposition NumberCP Yes%City Yes%Sac Co. Yes%State Yes%
15 Property tax68%57%47%48%
16 Diversity64%53%41%43%
18 Youth voting66%54%46%44%
22 Ridesharing42%43%59%59%
25 Money bail67%53%44%44%
Proposition NumberCP Yes%Sac Co. Yes%State Yes%
14 Stem cell research64%51%51%
17 Felon voting rights81%57%59%
20 Criminal penalties21%39%38%
21 Rent control49%36%40%
23 Dialysis38%32%36%
24 Privacy rights51%55%56%

The three precincts and their boundaries are:

Precinct 44261, in the north and east part of Curtis Park, has an L shape. Part of it lies north of Castro Way, east of 21st Street, south of the W-X Freeway, and west of Highway 99, and the other part lies north of Sutterville Road and east of Franklin Boulevard. It has 1,245 voters.

Precinct 44255, in the northwest and center part of Curtis Park, also has an L shape. It includes a middle section from Portola Way north, east of 21st Street, south of Castro Way and west of Franklin Boulevard, and a northern leg east of Freeport Boulevard, south of the W-X Freeway and west of 21st Street. It has 1,468 voters.

Precinct 44337, on the southwest, is a rough rectangle. It lies south of Portola Way, west of Franklin Boulevard, north of Sutterville Road and east of the Union Pacific railroad tracks. It has 1,631 voters.

The central and southern Curtis Park areas are similar – more than 80% White and less than 20% combined Hispanic, Black and Asian. The northern area is more diverse – about 60% White, a quarter Hispanic, 15% Black and 5% Asian, according to the 2010 Census.

Up-to-date results, including precinct-level tallies, can be found at the Sacramento County election website – https://results.saccounty.net.

Written by Mike Scheible and posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

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