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SAN DIEGO – Election Day is here. San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu answers some quick questions you may be curious about.
What is your prediction for voter turnout?
Michael Vu: Based on historical turnout and what we are seeing in the mail ballot returns, at this time, I would say 55 percent to 60 percent. This could change depending on how the mail ballots come in between now and then. This is also based on when we certify the election which will occur no later than 30 days after Election Day.
What is the percentage of voting done by mail-in ballot?
Vu: The number of mail ballots representing the entire number of ballots cast in an election has increased over the years. In the 2012 presidential primary election, mail ballots represented 66% of all votes cast. I suspect that it will be in the 60% range as well. We currently have a little over 271K mail ballots that have been returned thus far.
How many ballots were mailed out across the county?
Vu: At this time we have issued nearly 970,000 mail ballots. This represents 64 percent of the entire electorate for the June 7 Election.
How many sites are there around the county where voters can drop off mail-in ballots?
Vu: We have 23 mail ballot drop off locations throughout the County. 21 are libraries, one is a community park and the last location is the Registrar of Voters Office. The locations are posted on our website at www.sdvote.com. Here is the link.
How many people will you have on hand to count ballots on election night?
Vu: Over 400-plus individuals will be assisting us to help manage, process and tabulate the ballots. There will be 156 individuals who will do the actual scanning of ballots.
How many poll workers are on staff during this election?
Vu: Approximately 6,700 poll workers are needed for the upcoming election. That said, we have had to recruit nearly 8,000 poll workers because we know that some will need to drop for a variety of reasons.