Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters Steve Weir sent over an update this morning on today’s election.
Among the party registration of those who have voted by mail, a higher percentage of Republicans have voted than Democrats. But Democrats significantly outnumber Republicans — 7,000 more Democrats have returned ballots than Republicans. That bodes well for Democratic candidate and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, as long as those Democrats voted for him rather than Republican David Harmer.
Voter turn-out has surpassed that of the Sept. 1 election, Weir said. That makes sense. There are more issues on the ballot than in September, including high-profile elections in Walnut Creek and its two school districts.
And on the lighter side, Weir says some folks are calling him and demanding to know why they can’t vote. Uh, they don’t live in a city or political district where there is an election. Only about half of the county’s voter reside in a region with an election today. But kudos to people who want to vote!
Here is what Weir had to say in more detail:
Lost an inspector yesterday do to wife’s illness. Lost an inspector this morning due to flu (we were able to cover.)
Lost power at a church and we’re operating off of extension cords (to the school next door.) Will probably move the polls before 5 pm as power cords only help with the AutoMark.
Just left a tour from a delegation from Uganda and Tanzania, they toured Walnut Creek, then my office and now they are going to a poll site in Pleasant Hill. They have toured Harris County Texas, and will tour in Oregon tomorrow.
One of our most requested items today is for ballots for Congress for people who do not live in the 10th CD.
I listened to a man at the counter this morning who just could not believe that there was not anything for him to vote on. Maybe I ought to bring out the favorite flavor of ice cream test ballots?
Walnut Creek’s return rate is 62.7 percent as of last night. San Ramon is at 35.6 percent. (9 of the 11 San Ramon precincts are out of the 10th CD.)
Dems are returning at 51.8 percent of issued in the 10th and Reps are at 61.3 percent return rate of those issued. (Dems are ahead of actual ballots returned by about 7,000.)
Of the 112 polling sites (representing 132,000 non-vote-by-mail (VBM) voters, we have just under 6,000 votes cast. So, we’re at just under 5 percent turn-out of the non-VBM voters at the polls as of 10 am. (This is a better turn out at 10 am than we had on Sept. 1.)