California voter turnout sets record for a midterm election

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BALLOTS DROP OFF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Preliminary projections show nearly two-thirds of California registered voters cast ballots in last week’s election, a recent record for a non-presidential general election.

County officials estimate nearly 12.8 million ballots were cast by the record 19.7 million Californians who registered to vote.

That puts turnout at nearly 65 percent. It’s the highest for any gubernatorial election in California since at least 2006.

It’s much higher than the last midterm election, when turnout was a record low 42 percent.

The California Secretary of State reported Friday that more than 10 million ballots have been tallied so far.

County officials estimated nearly 2.7 million remained uncounted.

Winners in some close races might not be determined for weeks, as counting continues.

Final turnout numbers won’t be available until election results are certified next month.

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