Secretary of State Predicts Voter Turnout

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 4, 2005

Secretary of State Bruce McPherson is predicting 42-percent of California’s nearly sixteen-million registered voters will turn out Tuesday for the special election. It’s not bad, but not near the high of two years ago for the recall election in which more than 60-percent of voters went to the polls.

McPherson says a large number of absentee ballots have been issued— four-point-five million.  It’s something he says should be encouraged, if it gets people to participate, but, he says:

 “There could be one complication, if huge numbers of people vote by absentee and bring their ballot to the polls on election day, they will not be counted by election night… They will be counted, but the most important thing is that they’re accurate."

McPherson says signatures and addresses must be checked on those ballots, and in the event of a close race could mean we won’t see the results for a day or two.