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Calif. voter turnout looking lower than in 2008

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Tuesday's election shook up the state's political landscape but appears unlikely to have shattered voter turnout records.

Shannan Velayas, spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, said that by Wednesday afternoon counties had counted roughly 9.5 million ballots cast at the polls or in early mail-in voting. That's compared to 10.4 million ballots counted at this time in 2008.

Elections workers are still processing hundreds of thousands of provisional and mail-in ballots.

A record number of Californians requested absentee ballots this year. Shasta County registrar Cathy Darling Allen said voters returned roughly 4 million ballots by Monday.

A Field Poll predicted turnout of about 70 percent this year, with 1 million fewer voters casting ballots than in 2008.

Field predicted more than half of the electorate would vote by mail.

The Associated Press

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