SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Preliminary figures show that fewer voters turned out for Tuesday's primary than for any election in California history.
The ballots counted so far put turnout about 18.4 percent, although that will grow as elections officials count hundreds of thousands of outstanding ballots. Registrars have until Friday to report how many ballots are left to be tallied in their counties.
Two voting experts, Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc. and Eric McGee of the Public Policy Institute of California, predict turnout will be 22 to 23 percent. Mitchell estimates there could be about 600,000 ballots remaining to be counted statewide.
The previous low for a non-presidential primary was 33.1 percent in June 2010. Turnout hit 28.2 percent in June 2008, an anomaly when the state split the presidential and primary elections.
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