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Worst. Turnout. Ever.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified the June 3 primary election’s results Friday – and voter turnout, it turns out, was the worst ever.

worst turnout everBowen reports only 25.2 percent of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot, the lowest voter turnout of any statewide election in California’s history. The previous low was 29.2 percent in June 2008.

“There is no doubt the turnout number is disappointing, but if ever there was a statewide election where every vote mattered, this was certainly it,” Bowen, the state’s chief elections official, said in a news release. “If there is any silver lining, I hope it’s a reminder to people who didn’t vote in June to take note of close results such as the State Controller contest and commit to going to the polls in November.”

California voters set another record last month: More than 69 percent of those who voted did so by mail-in ballots, beating the previous high of 65 percent in June 2012.

Bowen will publish a Supplement to the Statement of Vote by November 8, which will include details about how votes were cast by each city and each legislative, congressional, county supervisorial district, and Board of Equalization district.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Anything that keeps low information voters away from the polls can’t be all bad.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Record low turnout despite the “terrific” interest shown in the RoK and Ellen Corbett races?

  • JohnW

    And the assumption is that, in low turnout primaries, it’s the “high information” types who vote?

  • Marga

    If that’s the assumption, the last primary proved it wrong.

    This is my analysis of it: http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2014/06/04/voter-behavior-learned-from-this-election/

  • Elwood

    Thanks, Marga, but I get all the BS I can handle from you on here.

  • Marga

    And yet you rush to answer all my posts 🙂

  • Marga

    You know, you live in the Bay Area, if you’re a massochist you can hire a professional to whip you or call you names.

  • Marga

    BTW, I had to misspell “massochist” to get it past the censorship software. If you read my posts twice, it’s because the original version went to moderation 🙁

  • JohnW

    I get my fill of verbal abuse here, for free, anytime I argue on behalf of gun control.