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Contra Costa turnout may reach 66 percent

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, February 7th, 2008 at 12:10 pm in 2008 presidential primary.

Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters Steve Weir says voter turnout in the county will likely come close to 66 percent by the time his office finishes counting the ballots, a figure substantially higher than the statewide rate of 46 percent.

Counting will continue for quite a few days, though.

In Contra Costa County, voters turned in 26,689 mail-in ballots at the polls and another 5,000 mail-in ballots arrived via the U.S. Post Office by the deadline. They also have 14,000 provisional ballots to count. These are ballots cast by individuals who may or may not have been registered or showed up at the wrong polling place or had some other issue that requires investigation.

For a list of turnout by county, check out the Secretary of State’s web site at http://vote.sos.ca.gov/Returns/status.htm But keep in mind that these percentages will rise as counties complete the counts of their mail-in and provisional ballots; it shows Contra Costa at 56 percent but Weir said that number will change.

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