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No record turnout in Pasco, despite predictions



With only 1 of 154 precincts remaining, Pasco County turnout is at 73.55 percent -- not the record turnout elections officials and party leaders predicted. (The record was 83 percent in 1992 for the Bush-Clinton-Perot tilt).

That means voter turnout is slightly better than 2004. It was 72.1 percent four years ago.

UPDATE: "I'm surprised it's not higher," elections supervisor Brian Corley said, given that there was 35 percent turnout in absentee and early voting. "I thought we'd do 80, 85 percent. It's a good turnout, I'm happy."

Corley thought maybe the threat of rain and overcast skies may have dimmed turnout.

Nearly half the turnout was done early. Early voting went from nearly 30,000 to nearly 69,000 from 2004 compared to this year.

"Clearly, early voting had a big impact," he said.


-- David DeCamp and Robert Farley, Times staff writers

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]


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