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Election turnout around 25 percent
November 14, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

More than a quarter of San Mateo County’s registered voters took time to cast a ballot Nov. 5, according to final figures from the Elections Office.

Chief Elections Officer Mark Church had predicted turnout around 24 percent for the off-year races and with final ballots counted Thursday the figure settled at 25.39 percent, or 91,293 of the county’s 359,535 registered voters. Just more than one-fifth of voters were counted at the end of Election Night.

The low turnout isn’t surprising for elections officials because non-presidential and gubernatorial years are nearly always weak.

The final data also showed that a growing number of voter are opting for absentee ballots rather than physically heading to a polling place. Vote by mail ballots counted for 19.40 percent while 5.88 percent were at precincts and .11 percent were cast at voting centers.

Now that the votes are counted — though there may be a recount requested for the Burlingame City Council race — the Elections Office will begin its 1 percent manual tally in anticipation of certifying the results in early December. The tally confirms that the election was properly conducted.


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