CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) —
If early poll returns are any indication in Contra Costa , the turnout for subsequent Tuesday’s midterm will simply eclipse the same election 4 years in the past.
“We’re anticipating a 70 % turnout,” mentioned Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla.
That is in contrast with the 49 % within the final midterm election in November 2014.
Canciamilla says the numbers are anticipated to method that of a presidential election. In 2016, 79 % of eligible Contra Costa County voters solid their ballots.
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“It is superb within the midterm the place we do not have something terribly dramatic on the poll in our county,” defined Canciamilla. “I feel it is a pattern simply due to the nationwide publicity and the nationwide dialog.”
“I really feel that voting is vital to the method of each American,” mentioned early voter Tom Usery proper after he solid his poll in Martinez, “and except you vote, your opinion will not depend, except you vote.”
“I feel prior to now, a lof folks thought their vote did not depend,” added Christina Mares. “And so these I’ve spoken with, they’ve all been coming in early.”
Totally two-thirds of Contra Costa’s 620,000 registered voters obtain everlasting vote by mail ballots.
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And whereas that is handy for all concerned, county officers have seen an uptick in vote by mail registrants additionally exhibiting as much as solid a provisional poll at a polling place on election day–which may cause confusion and added expense.
Duplicate ballots won’t be counted twice.
“We have seen a rise as a result of there was a push a number of years in the past for ballots to be counted on election day,” mentioned Canciamilla. “And admittedly the easiest way to make sure that is to vote by mail and drop your poll off earlier than election day.”
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