Preliminary Numbers: Voter Turnout 2nd Lowest in State History

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While there are still some ballots in California being counted or re-counted, it appears the 2014 primary election had one of the lowest voter turnouts in state history.

Currently, it appears just 18.3% of eligible voters mailed in their ballots or showed up at the polls Tuesday.

It appears turnout has not been that low since the 1916 presidential election, when only 18.16% of eligible voters cast their ballot, according to historical voter registration and participation numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office.

In the 2014 primary, the county who had the highest percentage of eligible voters casting ballots was Alpine, with almost 70%. The county with the smallest percentage, was Los Angeles with 13%.

Four years ago, for the 2010 primary election, 24.1% of eligible voters cast their ballot. Mail-in ballots accounted for almost 58% of the votes cast.

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