Nearly 27 percent of eligible voters in San Diego County turned out for yesterday's primary election, but that number will grow as absentee and provisional ballots are counted, the county registrar of voters said Wednesday.
The number of ballots counted through about 2 a.m., compared to the number of eligible voters, was 26.8 percent, county Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler said. That would be lower than the turnout in the last couple primary elections, when more than one-third of voters cast ballots, she said.
However, around 135,500 ballots still need to be tallied, according to the registrar's office. Seiler said that should bring the final turnout to about 36-37 percent.
"It's very normal for a non-presidential primary," Seiler said. "There was no real (presidential) contest—everything was decided."
She also said that by the time the counting is complete—and election officials have 28 days to finish—the ratio of mail-in ballots to those cast at polling places will be roughly 60 percent to 40 percent.
Almost 230,000 mail-in ballots were counted, making up the first batch of results released by the registrar Tuesday night. Seiler said about 164,000 ballots were filled-out at polling places, with their results released throughout the night and into this morning.
The next release of updated results is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.
No problems were reported at polling places on election day.
-City News Service