"The percentage of mail-in ballots is huge," he said. "I think that if you have a ballot in hand you have a propensity to make sure it gets turned in. It's different than if you have to go out to a polling place and fill out a ballot there."
Statistics provided by Weir showed that in some cases Danville residents voted right alongside the majority of the state or the country but there were some marked differences. Vote tallies from Danville showed the following:
Barack Obama - 11,321
John McCain - 8,891
* 11th Congressional District
Jerry McNerney - 10,437
Dean Andal - 8,767
* 15th District Assembly
Joan Buchanan - 9,030
Abram Wilson - 10,366
* Proposition 8 (banning same-sex marriage)
Yes - 9,202
No - 11,039
Vote tallies from Alamo:
McCain - 2,364
Obama - 2,497
Vote tallies from Diablo:
McCain - 942
Obama - 648
"These are election night numbers," Weir pointed out. "We have almost 90,000 votes, countywide, to add to the totals, including provisional ballots, vote by mail, etc." Weir said he expects to certify the election by Nov. 26.
Weir also noted that Contra Costa County traditionally has some of the highest voter turnouts in the state. "We consistently have the best registered and the best voter turnout. If there's a big state race, sometimes Sacramento will beat us out but generally we have the best turnout," he said.
The county Elections Division Web site shows a 70.34 percent turnout. If Weir's predictions are accurate, the final turnout figure for Contra Costa County could reach 85 percent. That would be the highest turnout reported in the past 30 years in Contra Costa County, beating the 81 percent figure reported in 2004.
The lowest turnout in the past 30 years for a presidential election was in the 1996 matchup between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
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