Elections Dept. Breaking Records at Sac County
With Election Day less than a week away, local officials are scrambling to keep up with all the ballots going in and out of their office.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Here’s how Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine sums up this election so far:
LaVine: “It’s been so busy I don’t think we’ve had time to think about what we’re doing.”
LaVine: “Everything we have touched this year has been a record.”
For example: There are now almost 685,000 registered voters in Sacramento County. More than 70,000 new voters have registered since the presidential primary in early February; nearly 90,000 in the last year. And vote-by-mail ballots?
LaVine: “Right now we have 43 percent of our voters requesting vote-by-mail ballots, and yes, that is up. We were just right around the 33 percent last big election.”
As of Wednesday, nearly a fifth of Sacramento County’s registered voters had already mailed their ballots in. LaVine’s office won’t predict overall turnout yet. But it does expect it to be above 80 percent – the highest in 44 years.