More than 8.5 million ballots were cast and counted in the June 7 statewide primary, a turnout that while better than most presidential years over the past two decades was not as high as some expected.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla formally certified the primary results on Friday, more than five weeks after election day. In all, almost six of every 10 ballots in California were cast by mail. The raw total of votes cast was the second largest in state history, just behind the votes cast in the February 2008 presidential primary.
By percentage of registered voters, the June election's 47.72% turnout fell behind both the 2008 and 2000 presidential primaries. In Los Angeles County, only 41.26% of registered voters cast ballots.