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May 31, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
Calling it "a sad state of affairs," Secretary of State March Fong Eu predicted Friday that the percentage of voters turning out for Tuesday's primary election will be the lowest in 46 years. Eu said she expects 5.7 million voters to cast ballots in the primary, which is 47% of the state's 12.2 million registered voters. The last time there was a smaller turnout was in 1940 when 43% of the registered voters went to the polls.
November 8, 1994
Today is Election Day. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. * TURNOUT: Officials forecast that 60.2% of the state's registered voters will cast ballots--about 8.8 million votes. * ON THE BALLOT: Governor, U.S. senator and other statewide offices, seats in the House of Representatives, state legislative seats, 10 statewide ballot measures and local offices. * WEATHER: Fair, with highs in the mid-60s to the low 70s.
November 14, 1988 | Associated Press
Voter turnout for this year's presidential election declined in 48 states and the District of Columbia from four years ago, according to a study by a vote research organization. Despite the Republican victory last Tuesday, GOP turnout was down sharply while Democratic turnout rose marginally, the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate said. Overall, 91.3 million Americans--roughly half of the eligible voters--cast ballots in the election, down from 92.7 million, or 53.
November 20, 1986 | SUE AVERY, Times Staff Writer
Only 14% of the registered voters turned out for the city's last school board election in April, 1985. Six months later, only 200 people went to the polls in Arcadia to elect a representative to the Pasadena Community College District. Last April, a City Council election drew only 22% of the city's 28,000 registered voters.
November 5, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Secretary of State March Fong Eu on Friday predicted a below-average turnout of 75.2% of California's registered voters will cast ballots Tuesday in the general election. Even so, the turnout would be higher than the 1984 presidential general election when 74.9% went to the polls. For that election, Eu had forecast a turnout of 78.2%. While the percentage of turnout would be lower than the average presidential election turnout of 81% this century, Eu predicted that a record 10.
As election results slowly trickled in late Tuesday, California appeared headed for the worst voter turnout for a presidential primary since Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a third term 52 years ago, California Secretary of State March Fong Eu said. She attributed the poor turnout to the seeming irrelevance of the California vote in the nomination of presidential candidates in both major parties.
June 11, 2013 | By Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times
Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles' incoming mayor, won the office with fewer votes than any newly elected mayor since the 1930s, when the city population was less than half its current size, according to a Times analysis of final results. Garcetti's complete tally was 222,300, just 12.4% of the city's registered voters. That was well ahead of his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel, but a smaller vote total than any incoming mayor since Frank Shaw in 1933. The complete count from the May 21 election, released late Friday, represents another low mark in decades of declining voter turnout . The city clerk's final tally found that only 419,592 or 23.3% of the city's 1.8 million registered voters cast a ballot.
California's chief election officer predicts 76% of the state's registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday's election, boosting turnout to the highest level since 1980. Secretary of State Bill Jones said Wednesday that voters are motivated this year by the neck-and-neck presidential campaign and several hotly contested congressional races. "The message is, people are interested," Jones told a Capitol news conference.
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