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County Registrar Saw ‘Tremendous’ Amount Of Fake Write-In Votes Yesterday

On KPBS Midday Edition, San Diego County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler said she saw many write-in votes for fake candidates during Tuesday's primary election.

Seiler also said in every primary election, she sees "lots of voters who tend to be a little bit careless in their voting."

In this election, she said she saw many voters who "intentionally over vote."

"We also saw a tremendous amount of write-ins, Donald Duck, frivolous sort of write-ins," she added.

Nearly 27 percent of eligible voters in San Diego County turned out for Tuesday's primary election, but that number will grow as absentee and provisional ballots are counted, Seiler said.

The number of ballots counted through about 2 a.m., compared to the number of eligible voters, is 26.8 percent, Gig Conaughton, a county spokesman, said.

That would be lower than the turnout in the last couple primary elections, when more than one-third of voters cast ballots, he said.

However, around 135,500 ballots still need to be tallied, according to the registrar's office. Election officials have 28 days to complete the count.

Seiler said she expects when the tally is finished, turnout will be 36 or 37 percent.

Seiler said there were a few complaints during yesterday's election about poll workers who "always seem to misunderstand the fact that ID is not required."

She said as soon as those complaints come in, her office contacts precinct workers to correct them.

The county's website,, was down for about one and a half hours Tuesday night. Seiler said the county's technical services provider, Hewlett-Packard, is looking into the issue.

The next release of results is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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