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Early Voting Seen As Strong In San Diego Mayor’s Race

Early voting to elect San Diego's next mayor began Monday, Oct. 21, when the San Diego County Registrar of Voters mailed more than 350,000 ballots to eligible voters.

Aired 10/30/13 on KPBS News.

Some 363,000 early ballots for the Nov. 19 mayoral special election have been issued and about 52,000 ballots have been cast— a 14.2 percent return rate.

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Since then, San Diegans have been casting ballots by mail and in person at the Registrar's office.

As of Oct. 29, some 363,000 ballots had been issued and about 52,000 ballots had been cast— a 14.2 percent return rate. Those numbers include individuals who voted in person at the Registrar's office.

Michael Vu with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters was pleased with turnout thus far.

“Overall, the return is a good sign compared to our four special elections we conducted earlier this year,” Vu said, noting that the election held in March for the 40th State Senate District attracted a mere 15 percent turnout overall — with 85 percent of voters casting a ballot through the mail. In this election, Vu expects that a majority of voters will similarly opt to vote by mail.

So far, the precinct with the highest early voting turnout was in Rancho Bernardo, with a 36 percent return rate. That was one of a few high-turnout precincts in Rancho Bernardo. By contrast, several precincts in and around the University of California at San Diego had yet to see a single voter turn in an early ballot.

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The election is Nov. 19.

If individuals wish to vote by mail, their ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters before polls close on Election Day.

We've built a map that visualizes early voting turnout across San Diego. We'll update it daily as ballots are received by the Registrar. Check it out here.

Questions, tips or suggestions? Email reporter Joe Yerardi or call him at 619.594.5321.

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JaneDoe | October 30, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

I'm guessing most of the difference in early voting numbers between Rancho Bernardo and UCSD must be in numbers of permanent mail voters. Seems unlikely that a la carte mail voters could have requested, received and returned their ballots this quickly.

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