Light turnout predicted for primary election

Light turnout predicted for primary election

SAN DIEGO — Turnout for next week’s primary should be around 35-38 percent in San Diego County, matching the historical average for recent elections of similar type, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said Wednesday.

voterHe said it initially appeared that turnout would be lower, based on a slow rate of return of absentee ballots.

The Memorial Day weekend could have had something to do with it, according to Vu, who told City News Service that 32,000 mail ballots arrived this morning.

“That makes me a little bit more hopeful,” Vu said.

He said that 162,000 of the 840,000 ballots mailed to registered voters in San Diego County had been sent back as of today.

Meanwhile, around 200,000 San Diegans are expected to hit the polls Tuesday, Vu said.

The election includes primary races for governor and other statewide offices, Congress and the state Legislature, District Attorney and City Council offices…

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