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California May Break Record For Low Voter Turnout

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The voting may be over, but the counting continues in California’s primary election. The Secretary of State’s office estimates hundreds of thousands of ballots still need to be processed. The office’s Shannan Velayas says, despite all those ballots, California may break the record for low voter turnout.

 “The lowest turnout in a non-presidential primary was set back in 2008 when it was 28 percent," she says. "Right now counties have reported that their turnout is 19.3 percent throughout California. That is very low, it’s disappointingly low.” 

Velayas says counties have until July 4 to turn in their counts. But she doesn’t expect turnout to match the 2008 level.

Still, not all counties performed poorly. Over 69 percent of registered voters actually cast ballots in Alpine County, the most in the state. Sierra County was a close second with 64 percent voter turnout. 

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