Local Voter Turnout High


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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

At a polling place in the Land Park neighborhood…Betsy Enchasti said the contest between Kevin Johnson and Heather Fargo was probably the most contentious mayoral race she’s ever seen in Sacramento. 

“…and it’s kind of too bad that it got it negative. But it’s important to be a part of it.” 

Kamalla Brown lives near the UC Davis Med Center. She said she wasn’t too sure about all the propositions on the ballot…and voted “no” on most of them. 

“I feel like these propositions are the job of the Legislature.” 

For South Sacramento resident Edward Holmes…the presidential race was most on his mind. 

“I saw something I never thought I would see, a black man being president. 

Sacramento elections officials say the voting went smoothly. 

“We were ready for long lines and we did have some but nothing that we couldn’t handle.” 

County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine and her staff now have 28 days now to certify ballots…and LaVine says it’ll probably take them the entire time. 

“With all these vote by mail ballots being dropped off at polling places it’s going to take us a little time.”
 
LaVine estimates voter turnout was around 80%, which could be the highest in 44 years. SOC