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Nov 2, 2010 8:15 PM by Danielle Lerner

High voter turnout expected in SLO and SB Counties

Both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are expecting high voter turnout this election.

Election officials in both counties say polling places have seen a steady flow of voters throughout the day.

The San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder's Office says it usually sees a 60 to 70 percent voter turnout during mid-term elections.

However with some higher profile positions on the ballot, it is hoping to see a higher than normal number of voters heading to the polls.

"I think that we've seen a higher at least interest in this election than a typical mid-term election would do, but again we have the governor's position open so that kind of helps drive the turnout," said Julie Rodewald, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder.

Another big indicator we could see higher voter turnout compared to past mid-term elections is the number of vote-by-mail ballots that have already come in.

As of Monday the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder's Office had received about 50,000 ballots.

The county has around 150,000 registered voters.

In Santa Barbara County the elections office has received about 75,000 ballots from its close to 200,000 registered voters.

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