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California’s November Election Turnout Was Highest In A Midterm In 36 Years

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Voters cast ballots in person at the Maple Neighborhood Center in South Sacramento.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California voter turnout in November was the highest in a Midterm election in 36 years, according to results officially certified by the state Friday.

The Secretary of State’s certified results showed a 64.5 percent turnout rate, higher than the last eight different midterm elections.

“It wasn’t just voter registration that hit the historical high mark, but voter turnout was big as well, with nearly 12.7 million Californians casting their ballots. By number, a record by far,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a video posted by his office. “The turnout rate was the highest since 1982.”

The jump from the previous midterm in November 2014 is especially noteworthy. An additional 5 million people voted in November, a nearly 70 percent increase.

The counties with the highest turnout rates were Alpine — a rural Northern California county with only about 600 voters — and Marin, the wealthy Bay Area county across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

Imperial County, which borders Mexico and Arizona, was the only county with turnout below 50 percent.

Here’s the Statement of Vote from the Secretary of State’s office.

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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