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Record Voter Turn Out in San Diego

San Diego’s Registrar of Voters estimates a record 79% of registered voters turned out county-wide for this week’s election. But workers still have to count tens of thousands of ballots to reach a f

Record Voter Turn Out in San Diego

San Diego’s Registrar of Voters estimates a record 79% of registered voters turned out county-wide for this week’s election.

But workers still have to count tens of thousands of ballots to reach a final tally.

KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Records of voter turn out from the registrar’s office show this election has the highest voter turn out in San Diego of any recorded over the last 30 years. It beats the previous record in 1980 when 77% of regisitered voters in San Diego turned out to vote in the presidential election won by Ronald Reagan.

Registrar of Voters, Deborah Seiler, says her workers still haven’t finished counting all the ballots. She says while the election is over for most people …

Seiler : for our poor staff, no, it’s certainly not… they’re working this weekend again and they’re working nights. These provisional’s are very labor intensive. 

Seiler says a record 87,000  provisional ballots were cast by people who didn't vote at their assigned polling places. Those ballots need extra scrutiny, but as long as the voter was registered they will count.

More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were returned at the last minute and those too are still going though the scanners.

The Registrar has till the first week in December to complete the job.

Alison St John, KPBS news