Voter turnout has been steady at the County Registrar of Voters office in San Diego Tuesday.
Voters at the County Registrar of Voters office in San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday predicted a “major surge” in voter turnout for both the June 7 California primary and Nov. 8 general election.

Padilla has asked Gov. Jerry Brown for $32 million in additional election funding in 2016. He said voter registration cards are in high demand, and additional ballots are necessary for crossover voters.

“High interest in the 2016 election cycle, a significant rise in the use of online voter registration, growing demand for registration cards, and increased voter turnout in neighboring states suggests that California could see a major surge in voter turnout,” Padilla said.

He urged county elections officials to “ensure each polling place has a sufficient number of ballots on hand to manage the anticipated increase in turnout that has been observed in other states.”

And he said printing costs would increase because of 21 potential ballot measures, predicting the voter guide for the November election would exceed 200 pages.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.