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California June 3 Primary Turnout was 24%

On June 5, the California Secretary of State released the number of ballots still uncounted from the June 3, 2014 primary. That number is 1,011,398. When that figure is added to the number of votes cast for Governor that had been counted as of the same point, 3,296,369, the sum is 4,307,767. The number of registered voters in California just before the primary was 17,722,006. This yields a 24.3% turnout.

Not all of the uncounted ballots will be valid, because many of them are provisionals, and most provisional ballots are found invalid, because the person who cast that vote wasn’t registered to vote. On the other hand, there are some ballots which invariably were blank for Governor.

The previous lowest primary turnout in California history was the June 2008 primary, which had turnout of 28.2% turnout. That primary had no statewide offices on the ballot, because the presidential primary had been held in March 2008.

3 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    ALL registration stats are dubious — due to lots of folks moving around and not updating their registrations.

    • Bob Bowen

      Demo Rep: When I moved to New Mexico from California in 2011, I did something very rare. I went to the Tulare County Registrar of Voters and had them remove me from the voter registration list. Most people just move and don’t update their voter registration before leaving. I re-registered in New Mexico the first week I lived here.

  2. Richard writes that, “most provisional ballots are found invalid”. That may have been true at one time. I don’t believe it is now. In my county (where I see the registrar’s reports after every election), provisional ballots are overwhelmingly valid.

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