Poll: Turnout likely to hit 70 percent of voters
Ryan Summerlin November 6, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A Field Poll predicted that 70 percent of California’s registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, with more than half voting by mail.
It would be the first time the number of mail-in ballots overtook the number of precinct ballots in a California general election. Field predicts 51 percent of all ballots for this election will be mail-in. Voters can deliver these ballots through the postal service or in-person on Election Day.
The number of vote-by-mail ballots exceeded the number of votes cast in person for the first time during the 2008 non-presidential primary election.
In its report released Tuesday, Field also estimated that 1 million fewer Californians will vote in this year’s presidential contest than in 2008.
Field estimated that 12.7 million people will cast ballots for this election. Turnout was 79.4 percent in the 2008 presidential election.