California will likely see ‘embarrassingly’ low election turnout

California will likely see ‘embarrassingly’ low election turnout

While election officials are all set to conduct primary election in California on Tuesday, experts have predicted that turnout could be 'embarrassingly' low.

Joe Canciamilla, registrar of voters on the Contra Costa County, said that there was lack of interest among voters, which could make the state see the lowest primary election turnout in its history.

Speaking on the topic, Canciamilla said, "There's very little awareness. We're getting very few phone calls, very few questions, and not hearing anything to suggest there's a lot of interest. It's likely to be an embarrassingly low turnout."

Election turnout for primaries, including the governor's race, was recorded at 34.6 per cent in 2002. In 2006 and 2010, turnout stood at 33.6 per cent and 33.3 per cent, respectively.

Thus far, California's lowest primary turnout was 28.2 per cent in 2008, when the date for presidential primary vote was shifted to February, while the vote on candidates for Congress and the Legislature took place in June.

Mark DiCamillo, director of surveyor Field Poll, has cautioned that even the dismal benchmark of 2008 is in danger this year. The Field Poll has been surveying voters in the state since 1947.

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