County elections officials anticipate that around three-quarters of the San Diego region’s registered voters will cast votes in Tuesday’s general election, and final results in some races may not be known until Wednesday morning.
County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said he expects turnout to be around 72-77 percent. He said nearly half of about 1.1 million mail ballots issued by his office had been returned so far.
Polls open around the county at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voting will also take place at the registrar’s office, 5600 Overland Avenue in Kearny Mesa.
Initial results from mail ballots and early voting will be released shortly after the polls close. But with a larger number of votes cast and a long ballot, election watchers could be in for a long night.
Vu said counting could continue to 5 a.m. or after on Wednesday, later than usual. “We’re just likely to have a higher volume of outstanding ballots,” he told City News Service.
The length of the ballot could also produce some surprising results because of “under-voting,” in which San Diegans vote for president and other major offices, but neglect to decide on some local races and propositions.
“The resulting volatility may give us some surprises on Election Night,” said elections analyst Vince Vasquez, who thinks it will be mostly older voters who complete their ballots.
“If it’s mostly older Democratic and Republican voters voting in down-ticket races, there is likely to be a higher skepticism and scrutiny of candidates and ballot measures,” Vasquez said. “That probably results in more `no’ votes on local measures, and a higher deference to incumbents.”
City News Service contributed to this article.
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