Voting in San Diego County on Tuesday is proceeding smoothly amid signs of near record turnout for a midterm election.

Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said he is anticipating turnout in the 64 percent to 68 percent range, which would be the county’s highest mid-term election turnout since 2010.

While official voting numbers were not available Tuesday afternoon, the county has received 430,000 mail-in ballots out of 1.2 million sent out, according to the registrar’s office.

So far, there have been few reports of problems at polling places. “It has been extremely calm and quiet,” said county Communications Director Michael Workman.

One polling place was evacuated for about 10 minutes after a report of a gas leak, but it was cleared and voting resumed quickly, officials said. At a polling place in Rancho Penasquitos, some voters were left off the precinct’s rolls and were offered provisional ballots.

Workman said polling places will probably be especially busy between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., when they close.

Between the various races and state propositions, “this is a very long ballot,” Workman said. “It might take 12 minutes to vote.”

He advised people to fill out their sample ballot first before heading to the polls.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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