Two-thirds of Calif. voters cast ballots by mail

5:21 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Nearly two-thirds of California voters cast their vote by mail in the June election - a new record for the state.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen officially certified the results of the primary election on Friday. She reports that only 31 percent of the state's registered voters, or about 5.3 million people, turned out.

The figure is low, but still slightly higher than the 28 percent record low turnout in June 2008.

The June primary was the first time Californians tested two new voter-approved changes: a top-two primary system and new congressional and legislative boundaries drawn for the first time by an independent commission.

Bowen's office also reports that voters rejected a proposed $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes by a slim margin of 24,076 votes.

The Associated Press

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