California’s primary is 1 day away. Do voters care?

Posted on AllSides June 6th, 2022
From The Center
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‘Twas the night before California’s primary election, when all through the state / Barely a creature was stirring, even with the high stakes.

My adaptation of a classic poem may be of questionable quality, but it nevertheless captures what will likely be a defining feature of Tuesday’s primary election: low voter turnout.

Although a whopping 81.5% of eligible Californians were registered to vote as of May 23 — the highest percentage heading into a gubernatorial primary election in 68 years — just 13% had returned their ballot as of Saturday, per a tracker from Political Data Inc.

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