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Calif. Voter Turnout Likely To Hit 70 Percent; Mail-In Ballots Top Precincts

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A stack of vote-by-mail ballots sit on a table prior to being sorted at the San Francisco Department of Elections in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/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 did in 2008.

Field estimated that 70 percent of California’s registered voters, or 12.7 million people, will cast ballots for this election. Turnout was 79.4 percent in the 2008 presidential election.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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