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David Dixon 10:30 a.m., July 28
A report released yesterday from Redistricting Partners and Political Data Inc. provides some insight on absentee voting in California, including data on voters that have already cast their ballots nearly three weeks before the official June 5 primary date.
A number of voters have already established their positions on the candidates and ballot measures, despite a heavy barrage of political advertising that’s traditionally unleashed during the weeks leading up to election day.
Of California’s nearly 17.1 million registered voters, 7.1 million, or about 41.5 percent, are registered as permanent absentee voters, who receive their ballots by mail in advance of official election dates. 49 percent of San Diego County’s 1.5 million voters are registered to vote by mail.
Of those, 7 percent of San Diegan absentee ballots have already been cast, as compared to only about 3.4 percent statewide.
The results of early voting are not released in advance in an effort to avoid skewing public perception, but these tallies are typically among the first announced once polls close on the day of the election.