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San Diego Voter Turnout In June Was More Than We’ve Seen Before

A mail ballot drop off location is shown, May 31, 2018.

Photo by Alison St John

Above: A mail ballot drop off location is shown, May 31, 2018.

Last week, the San Diego County's Registrar of Voters office finished counting ballots and certified the June primary election. They found that 39.8 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the primary.

This turnout was a lot higher than it was in the same primary four years ago, when only about 27 percent turned out. San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said 673,640 San Diegans voted in June.

"You're seeing essentially 150,000 more people cast a ballot than you did four years ago," he said.

Now that the election is certified, Vu said the results include plenty of data about who went to the polls and how they voted. He added that anyone who wants to examine those numbers could learn a lot about the what we can expect from the November election.

"I assure you that both political parties, as well as the various campaigns that are vying in the November election, are going to be dissecting these numbers to see who voted and who didn't vote, from a regional perspective, as well as from an age perspective, as well as from a political party preference perspective," Vu said.

Vu said any candidate that wants a recount will have until Tuesday — five days after the election certification — to request it. In the San Diego City Council District 8 race, only three votes separated one candidate who advanced to the general election from one that did not.

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