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Final San Diego Voter Turnout For Primary Election Will Be Close To 40 Percent

Poll worker Melanie Withey attaches

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Above: Poll worker Melanie Withey attaches "I voted" stickers to a box at a polling station on election day in San Diego, June 8, 2010.

Nearly two weeks after the primary election, some votes are still being tallied.

As of Friday, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said 99 percent of the region's ballots had been counted — with a voter turnout of 37.4 percent.

RELATED: San Diego Election Turnout Predicted At 40 To 45 Percent, Registrar Says

While that number is a little short of what he had predicted, the turnout was still better than the 2014 gubernatorial primary, when only 27 percent of San Diego voters cast ballots.

Vu said he expects up to 60 percent of voters to go to the polls in November for the general election.

"I anticipate that the gubernatorial general election will be a much higher number, just because it’s going to have many more contests on the ballot," Vu said. "And certainly one of the reasons for the higher turnout I believe is because of the number of people voting by mail these days."

RELATED: Mail Ballots For June Primary Are On The Way To San Diego Voters

Vu said last month the county mailed out over a million ballots to voters. There are still around 35,000 provisional ballots left to be counted.

Provisional ballots are used by voters who are not on San Diego's official voter registration list. This is often the case with people who have recently moved.

As of Friday, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters reported voter turnout at 37.4 percent, with 99 percent of votes counted.

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Matt Hoffman
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