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Voter Turnout Could Be Highest Ever In California


The California Secretary of State is seeking $32 million to help counties conduct this year's elections in which the turnout could be the highest ever in California.

In San Joaquin County, the race for the White House has many voters switching from no party preference to Republican or Democrat.

And, there are 21 measures seeking to qualify for the ballot in November. Counties will be required to verify signatures on petitions for all of them. 

San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman says that means more workers and they will cost money.

"There could be 20,000 to 30,000 signatures here just alone in San Joaquin County that we may need to check," he says. "And some of the other counties may be many more."

Erdman says he expects 65 percent voter turnout for the primary and even higher in November.

"I expect the highest turnout probably ever in this general election which will beat the 2008 general election which was over 80 percent," says Erdman. 

With as many as 21 measures possibly qualifying for the ballot, the State Voter Information Guide could be almost 300 pages long.


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