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Danville Express

Newsfront - July 18, 2008

Absentee ballots prevail

A record 58.7 percent of Californians cast their ballots by mail in the June 3 Statewide Direct Primary Election, according to results certified by Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Monday. This topped the previous record of 46.9 percent in June 2006. In the February presidential primary, nearly 41.7 percent of voters cast their ballots by mail.

In June, more than half the votes cast by mail were in 48 of California's 58 counties. The exceptions were Colusa, Glenn, Imperial, Kings, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Mono, Napa, Sutter and Trinity counties.

Overall, only 28.2 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the June election, marking the lowest turnout on a percentage basis for a regularly scheduled election. The lowest percentage turnout previously for a primary election was 33.6 percent set in June 2006; the lowest turnout percentage for a general election was 50.6 percent in November 2002.

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